How would you survive for 168 hours?
In a major disaster, it might be at least seven days before vital services are restored.
Are you prepared?
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Department of Emergency Services works closely with emergency responders, community partners and the public to engage in comprehensive disaster planning.
In a major disaster, it might be at least seven days (168 hours) until vital services are restored. This information provides ideas and resources to help you prepare your home, work-place and community during this critical period.
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Whatever you do, stay calm.
- STOP what you are doing.
- LOOK around you and carefully assess the situation.
- LISTEN for instructions by tuning in to a radio news source. KMBQ 99.7 FM is the local emergency radio station.
For your own protection, cooperate fully with public safety officials and keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles.
- Do not use your phone except in life-threatening situations.
- Call 9-1-1 to request emergency medical, police or fire help.
- During major disasters, 9-1-1 may be flooded with calls. Be prepared to wait.
- Be ready to answer questions from 9-1-1 operators. Stay on the line until the operator hangs up.
- Visually inspect your building’s structural integrity. If there is major damage to the walls or roof, evacuate the structure.
- Using a flashlight, inspect your building for gas and water leaks, broken electrical wiring or sewage lines. If there is damage, turn the utility off at the source. (See Utilities.)
- Consider changing the voicemail message on your phones to include your family’s status. If your loved ones can’t get a call through to you, they may still be able to hear your outgoing message.
Recovering after a disaster: