A fall wind storm is predicted to hit Southcentral Alaska early this week and Red Cross urges everyone to prepare.
In preparing for windstorms, flooding and power outages here are some steps to take to help keep you prepared.
• Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for information from the National Weather Service (NWS)
• Check your disaster supply kit and replace or restock as needed
• Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind
• Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as
possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out
• Turn off propane tank
• Unplug small appliances
• Fill your car’s gas tank
• Create an evacuation plan with members of your household – planning and practicing your
evacuation plan minimizes confusion and fear during the event
• Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
Last year the American Red Cross of Alaska mobilized relief to 631 Alaskans affected by
disaster, trained 31,515 people in lifesaving skills, taught more than 5,000 Alaskans how to be
better prepared for disasters, and exchanged 2,100 emergency messages for U.S. military
service personnel and their families.