Making a plan and building a kit, two ways to prepare for disaster

Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 5:06 PM AKDT
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September is National Preparedness Month and federal, state and local governments are encouraging people to learn about being prepared for disasters.

“Our goal is during this time of year is to make sure that people are prepared for disasters. We give them tools, and make available the tools that they need to help themselves get ready for any sort of situation that might come," said Kate Janoski, the Emergency Management PIO for the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

Janoski said that everyone should be prepared, “For any kind of emergency it’s good to have some sort of basic plan because usually, unless it’s something specific, usually they all require the same things.”

There are different types of plans for different situations. She said to have an evacuation plan that includes where you will go, who you will tell, what you will bring and what are the routes. She also encourages people to have a communication plan, and even plans for things like an earthquake if you are staying at home. She said people should know if they are going to turn gas off and where they will get water.

Once people have a plan, Janoski said they should build a kit, “You want to make sure you have things like water, supplies, non-perishable food, batteries, flashlights, anything that would help get you through at least one to three days.”

She also said people should have a go bag with medications, important documents and some cash in it.

Anyone looking for information can go to or find more information on the Fairbanks North Star Borough Emergency Operations Facebook page. Janoski also said they can call Emergency Operations to talk with someone about being prepared.

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