‘Disaster Days’ event educates public on emergency preparedness
By Cameron Mackintosh and Aaron Weaver |
Posted: Mon 9:58 AM, May 15, 2017
EAGLE RIVER, Alaska (KTUU) First responders and emergency managers from a handful of organizations gathered at Covenant Community Church in Eagle River on Saturday afternoon for an event aimed at educating the public on disaster preparedness.
The first ever Disaster Days event featured an AFD fire truck, a mobile earthquake simulator and even a LifeMed Alaska helicopter landed on the church s lawn. Other displays and presentations were provided by the Department of Homeland Security, the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management and the Alaska National Guard, among others.
Organizer Ted Smith, who works as an emergency preparedness manager with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, said the goal of the event was to remind all Alaskans how important it is to be prepared, especially since disaster relief in this state could take between 3 to 7 days to arrive.
Some of those folks who have been here a while, they might get complacent and need to know and some of the folks who just come through, spend a few years and they’re out again, they really need to know, they really need to understand where they’re at, Smith said.