This snowshoeing tourist was dressed for the worst weather Alaska had to offer. Too bad it was 30 degrees above zero! Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
Archives for April 2018
If you’ve been reading this column over the past several months, you’re already on board with the theme, “Get A Kit, Make A Plan, Be Informed.” Let’s face it, most people know that they need to have some things set aside at home just in case the power goes out, but let’s discuss what happens when you’re not home and a disaster happens.
Several months back I shared a story about how I was unable to get home from work on one occasion. Although I didn’t have to sleep on the floor of my office, I did have a toothbrush, razor and other items that helped me get by until I could get home.
Before retirement, I commuted to work about 20 miles one way every day. These days, I’m still on the road a fair amount of the time and my wife also works about 30 miles away so both of us are away from home a large share of time. The odds are very good of something happening while we are away from home. Some time ago, our son challenged us; “If a disaster were to occur while you were at work, would you have what you needed to survive long enough to get home?” Now, a few years have passed and my bag has grown. Since then I am rarely without it. If I leave town for a few days I’ve got it with me. Like many folks my age, I take certain medications that keep my system on an even keel. In the event I’m stranded somewhere, then I would need my pills and have included a few days’ supply of my meds in the kit.
You may have guessed there are kits available to purchase. Someone gave me a three-day kit about the size of a kid’s lunch box. It is very tidy, compact and actually has enough to get by in a pinch. It contains a little first aid kit, some food bars, a couple of water pouches and some odds and ends. I don’t carry it with me, rather I use it for demonstration purposes. Everyone’s kit will look differently based on your individual needs.
As usual I recommend building your own kit. That way you will become ‘invested’ in this project, rather than let someone decide for you what you’re going to need. I suggest you go online and check out the kits that catch your eye and get ideas to put in your own kit. Those ready-made kits are going to contain items you will never use. When you assemble your own you will have given some thought to every single item. Not only that but some of the ready-made kits use lower quality components that won’t hold up under any kind of us
You can begin with a medium-sized backpack, some extra clothing items, some toiletries and a few food items. From there use your imagination. Play the “what-if” game. How about an extra pair of eyeglasses or an eyeglass repair kit? A sewing kit? Always include a first aid kit with easy-to-access Band-Aids and Tylenol. Those will be the items you reach for most often. Don’t forget a good quality, compact flashlight, maybe a small box of candles (and matches or disposable lighter). Maybe a heavy-duty space blanket. And the list gets longer. You’re starting to get the idea. Be careful, this thing will grow. Mine did.
If you have a unique item in your kit or a story to share, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Previous columns can be found on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com Dave Robinson is a retired Postmaster and lives in Myrtle Point, Oregon, he is also the author if “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and other online booksellers.
AT&T making preparations for this year’s Arctic Man.
Photo Courtesy Cindy Lou Aillaud
April 6, 7, & 8, 2018
Carlson Center – Fairbanks, Alaska
A Woman’s Affair is a highly anticipated event and a bold representation of the quality women owned and women oriented businesses in Fairbanks. Sponsored by the Law Office of Rita T. Allee, this is a place to discuss important health issues, get tips for managing finances, see the latest fashions, enjoy a makeover or massage, pick up new home-decorating ideas and gardening information, or discover a new hobby…all under one roof. There are free seminars all weekend and an entire room devoted to fun for kids!
The 2017 event was a ton of fun with over 160 different businesses and agencies and a public attendance of 3500. The public loved the “feel” of the show and enjoyed the opportunity of gathering educational information and shopping. The seminars that took place throughout the weekend were a great attraction and were well received by all who attended.
Friday Night Wine Tasting
Friday evening opened with a wine tasting sponsored by Northland Hearing and wines brought to you by The Odom Corporation. Like the rest of the weekend, the event is always a huge success and a fun night out! Tickets included the tasting, hors d’oeuvres, great door prizes, and a weekend pass to A Woman’s Affair. The cost is $25 or $12 for non-alcoholic (includes food, door prizes, and weekend pass).
Women’s shows are hot and sweeping the nation in every major city.
A Woman’s Affair is your chance to market your business or agency to a large cross section of our community in a single weekend.
SHOW DATES & HOURS:
Fri., April 6 – 6pm to 9pm
Sat., April 7 – 10am to 5pm
Sun., April 8 – 11am to 5pm
Is your house easy to find in the event of an emergency? Would you like a way for EMS, Fire Departments, or Police to easily find your house? Look no further than the Delta/Greely Local Emergency Planning Committee’s House Identification Project!
This project is meant to help identify houses from the road, by putting signs in the right-of-way and magnets are meant to be put on refrigerators to help people use the right physical address when they need to call emergency services, and it is completely free to anyone who applies!
Applications are available at City Hall, the Library, and the link provided: http://deltajunction.us/wp-content/uploads/House-Identification-Form.pdf
Thursday, April 5, 2018
TIME: 5:30 PM
PLACE: School Board Conference Room, District Office
The Delta/Greely School District provides each student with opportunities to become a responsible
and productive member of society.
Richard Mauer, President
Eileen Herman,, Vice President
Dana Mock, Treasurer
Flower Cole, Clerk
Harrison Kiser, Student Representative
LTC Michael Foote, Military Representative
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call
C. Pledge of Allegiance
1. Dean Shannon Student Europe Trip
E. Correspondence to/from Board
F. Discussion Items
1. Proposed Graduation Requirement Changes Public
Gerstle River School Calendar Public
4. Curriculum Update, Health Public
5. Curriculum Update, Science Public
6. Curriculum Update, PE Public
G. Future Meetings
1. School Board Business Meeting April 19, 2018
2. School Board Work Session May 3, 2018
H. General Comments from the Public
I. Comments from the Board
BOARD DISTRICT GOALS 2018/2019
1. Reactivate Facilities Committee.
a. Identify clear steps that are needed if the district is seeking a new building
b. Identify major maintenance priorities
2. Support the development and implementation of a new 35
year Strategic Plan by
3. Continue to analyze budget data to identify efficiencies and priorities.
4. Support the review and development of the K12
counseling program to include
recommendations for future consideration.