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Do you have a 10 day plan?

Tsunami, earthquakes, wildfires, volcanic eruption, heavy snowfall, acts of terrorism and floods are disasters foremost in the minds of Alaskans today. Even though we all know what can happen … are we prepared? Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Can we protect ourselves and our family? Do we have a plan? Where will your family be when disaster strikes? They could be anywhere — at home, at work, at school or on the road. Will you know if your children are safe? What if your child has special health care needs?

In an emergency, we all have to plan to be self sufficient, and possibly spend several days without utilities, medical aid, transportation or communications. For Alaska families of children with special health care needs it can become even more difficult. Planning how you will respond is critical. It means extra attention to detail and needs that other families may not have to worry about. There is the need to have special equipment on hand, medications, know of special shelters, and consult health care providers just to name a few.

Families can cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team. Being prepared is your responsibility and best protection.

The Division of Public Health has put together a Disaster preparedness planning guide to help you build a plan that will work for you and your family. http://www.hss.state.ak.us/dph/wcfh/PDF/Prepared4HealthCare.pdf

For more information about this document or to request copies, contact 907-269-3400 or visit them on the web: http://www.hss.state.ak.us/prepared/