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Story Last modified at 10:25 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

In wake of Japan tsunami, Dyson encourages citizens to be prepared

With the recent tragic events in Japan many folks are asking, "Am I prepared?" and "What should my family, and I do to be prepared?" We all know that storms and earthquakes can knock out electric power, and that communications and transportation links can be severed. Less obvious is the fragility of our supply lines. Fuel supplies from our refineries would soon run out if the transportation links were severed. The efficiency of the marine-supply chains from the Northwest to Alaska has resulted in only a small amount of consumables like food and medicine being warehoused in Alaska. While this system is very dependable, if it is interrupted for any extended time Alaskans would soon run out of many basic necessities. We all know we should be prepared but often don't know how to go about it.

The Web site for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management is This site has excellent information on disaster preparedness, and I encourage you to familiarize yourself with the relevant topics, some of which include: preparing a family disaster plan; a family disaster supply kit; and a fire, earthquake, tsunami and flood-preparedness guide.

Sen. Fred Dyson,

Alaska State Capitol

District I

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.