The Alaska Range reflects in Donnelly Lake on a fall morning.
Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
The Alaska Range reflects in Donnelly Lake on a fall morning.
The Alaska Range reflects in Donnelly Lake on a fall morning.
Photo Courtesy Steven Miley Photography
When I was in school, we used to call them “Achievement Tests.” Now the students are tested at the first part of the school year, then again at the end of the year to measure learning progress. I ran this test a couple of years ago. Maybe you took it and the results were disappointing. Now is the opportunity to take the test again and celebrate your progress.
Would you know what to do in case of an emergency? Most of us have never suffered the likes of Hurricane Katrina, the Thailand tsunami or the earthquake in Japan. Many of us though have been inconvenienced by the loss of electricity or a snowstorm that kept us from leaving our home. What about an earthquake, fire or flood? Are you prepared? Just for fun, let’s take this little test to see how we rate.
1. Has your family rehearsed fire escape routes from your home? Yes-No
2. Does your family know what to do before, during and after an earthquake? Yes-No
3. Do you have heavy objects hanging over beds than can fall during an earthquake? Yes-No
4. Do you have access to an operational flashlight in every bedroom? Yes-No
5. Do you keep shoes near your bed to protect your feet from walking on broken glass? Yes-No
6. If a water line ruptured during an earthquake, do you know how to shut off the main water line to your house? Yes-No
7. Can this water line be turned off by hand or is a tool required? Yes-No
8. If you have natural gas or propane, do you know where the main shut-off is located? Yes-No
9. If you smell gas, do you know how and would you be able to shut off this valve? Yes-No
10. Do you have working smoke alarms in the proper places to warn you in case of fire?
11. In case of a minor fire, do you have a fire extinguisher you know how to use? Yes-No
12. Do you have duplicate keys, copies of important papers or documents stored in a location outside your home? Yes-No
13. Do you own a radio capable of receiving emergency information? Yes-No
14. If your family had to evacuate, have you identified a meeting place? Yes-No
If an emergency lasted for 72 hours before help was available:
15. Would you have sufficient food? Yes-No
16. Would you have the means to cook without gas or electricity? Yes-No
17. Would you have sufficient water for cooking, drinking and sanitary needs? Yes-No
18. Do you have access to a 72 hour evacuation kit? Yes-No
19. Would you be able to carry or transport your kit? Yes-No
20. Have you established an out-of-state contact? Yes-No
21. Do you have a first aid kit in your home and in each car? Yes-No
22. Do you have work gloves and tools for minor rescue and clean-up? Yes-No
23. Do you have some emergency cash on hand? Yes-No
24. Do you have a means to heat your house other than the normal way? Yes-No
25. If you need medication, do you have extra on hand? Yes-No
26. Do you have a plan for toilet facilities if there is an extended water shortage? Yes-No
If you answered “no” to any of the questions, then take another look at your preparations and make adjustments. As always email me with questions or comments at email@example.com. Previous columns can found on my blog at www.disasterprepdave.blogspot.com. Dave Robinson is a retired Postmaster in, and the author of “Disaster Prep For The Rest Of Us,” available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and other online booksellers.
HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Arctic Dustoff crews from C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment have flown three missions so far this month to assist sick or injured Alaskans.
The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson forwarded a request for assistance Sept. 16 from the Alaska State Troopers to rescue a distressed hunter near Delta Junction. A hoist-equipped HH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from C Company, 1-52nd responded to the scene where the crew transported the hunter to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
A week earlier, on Sept. 10, the unit was notified by the RCC of a civilian male suffering the effects of a possible stroke. Aviators flew to the man’s location near Paxson and transported him to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
The first mission of the month came Sept. 1 with a request from the Alaska State Troopers to recover three hikers, a man, woman and child who were lost in the vicinity of Chena Hot Springs. All were wet and cold, and the male was reporting he was hypothermic. The aviators located the trio and flew them to safety.
The Army, per an agreement with the Rescue Coordination Center, provides assets that may include medical evacuation helicopters to assist in emergency situations in Alaska under provisions of Defense Support to Civil Search and Rescue. These assets are available only at the request of the Alaska RCC.
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This will be an epically fun night – a kitchen party, as performed by Broadway stars, in the warmth and intimacy of the Palace Saloon. (and still… pinch me!)
Come From Away is a story of great human kindness
(September 11, 2001, U.S. airspace closed, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. 7,000 landed in Gander, Newfoundland, a town of 9,000. The town took in the stranded travelers with legendary warmth and kindness.)
The musical celebrating this story has met with great success on Broadway.
Astrid Van Wieren who plays the central character Beulah, along with four musicians from the show’s fabulous band, including Fairbanks’ own Caitlin Warbelow, will perform music from Come From Away, complemented by some music from Broadway, some fiddle music and some traditional Newfoundland music.
An Alaskan Screech-In!
Come From Away features a Screech-in, a local ceremony indoctrinating “Come From Aways” (those not from Newfoundland) making them honorary locals. It involves shots of local rum (Screech), kissing a fish and eating some um local foods. Our performance concludes with an Alaskan Screech-In and Q&A.
Yes… come kiss a fish!
Cocktails and food will be served. (Beyond the Screech-In)
Why Monday? Because Broadway is dark on Mondays (so the Palace can be lit up!)
Our sincerest Thanks to Caitlin, Astrid, Associate Music Director Chris Ranney who are planning, creating the arrangements and rehearsing this very unique event in New York all for a single performance for FCA!!! (Did we say exclusive? Intimate? One time only? Broadway is coming to Fairbanks!!! did we say pinch me? because PINCH ME!!!)
Traditional Newfoundland food? Cod tongues, Brewis, scrunchions, Jigg’s dinner, salt beef, Toutons, and (seal) flipper pie. We’ll develop our own Alaskan versions.
Broadway is coming to Fairbanks!
How YOU can attend:
How to sign up:
Seating at the Palace for this very special event will be limited to 80
Our valued FCA Members will have the first opportunity to attend.
Current members (you can still sign up you know) will be invited with our thanks when you make a donation of a minimum $150 per person to the Education Partnership.
(Tickets to Come From Away average $200 and require travel to NY)
Anyone can become a member by choosing 3 or more events and adding a donation.
Your membership entitles you to:
THE Best Seats
You’ll be in the best seats
and also have priority seating for any additional shows throughout the season.
(More than $100 – 45% over the cost of purchasing separately) You’ve already saved enough to add this…
Save ticket fees
We’re flexible: Can’t make a show? No problem! Exchange for another show or get a complete refund Free replacements if you lose your ticket
Special events with the artists and priority on special opportunities… like this!
Discounts on additional tickets and additional shows
Easy installment plan!
If you’re already a member, thank you!
You can call the FCA office at 474-8081 to make a donation and sign up.
Call the FCA office 474-8081 to sign up!
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Delta/Greely School Board
PLACE: School Board Conference Room
Richard Mauer, President
Eileen Herman, Vice President
Dana Mock, Treasurer
Flower Cole, Clerk
Priscilla Joslin, Student Representative
LTC Michael Foote, Military Representative
A. Call to Order
B. Roll Call
C. Pledge of Allegiance
D. Establishment of Quorum
E. Public Comment on Agenda Items
1. Board Policy 9323
F. Adoption of Agenda
1. Reading of the Board Mission Statement The Delta/Greely School District provides each student with opportunities to become a responsible and productive member of society.
2. Adoption of Agenda All items on the Consent Agenda are approved at the adoption of the agenda.
G. Consent Agenda
1. Approve Minutes from August 16, 2018 Business Meeting
2. Approve Minutes from September 6, 2018 Special Meeting
H. Correspondence to and from the Board
I. Financial Report
1. Financial Report
J. Information Items
1. Superintendent’s Report
2. Assistant Superintendent’s Report
3. President’s Report
4. Military Representative Report
5. Student Representative Report
6. Principals’ Report
K. Action Items
1. Approve Superintendent Search Strategy
2. Approve Strategic Plan Process
3. 2nd Reading/Approval Policies 5111, 5112.5, 5121, 5123, 5124, 5125.1 and 6161.4
4. Approve AASB Board of Directors Nomination
5. Approve Nomination for AASB Carl Rose Award
L. Discussion of Future Meetings
1. School Board Work Session October 4 2018
2. School Board Business Meeting October 18, 2018
M. Public Comment
N. Comments from the Board
BOARD DISTRICT GOALS 20182019
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 February 2019.
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.
ANCHORAGE, Thursday, September 13, 2018 —The American Red Cross is responding across multiple states as Hurricane Florence begins to pound coastal and inland communities with catastrophic flooding and life-threatening tidal surges. The storm’s center will approach North Carolina and South Carolina later today and move slowly inland early Friday.
As Hurricane Florence comes ashore, the Red Cross is focused on providing safe shelter for evacuees – today more than 2.6 million people are facing hurricane warnings and watches. As many as 100,000 people may need support, and the Red Cross is working with state and local officials to help.
The Red Cross of Alaska has now mobilized 16 volunteers from around the state to lend a hand to those in the path of Florence. They hail from communities including Anchorage, Esther, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Kenai, Ketchikan, Mat-Su, Prince of Wales, Sitka and Utqiagvik. These volunteers, the majority of whom are already en route to Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, will work in sheltering operations, disaster health services and nursing, logistics and warehousing, community partnerships, and in life, safety and asset protection in the days to come.
More than 6,700 people spent Wednesday night in 127 Red Cross and community shelters across South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. More than 1,500 disaster workers are on the ground to help and additional volunteers are being mobilized now in case they are needed. The Red Cross has also mobilized about 80 emergency response vehicles and more than 120 trailers of equipment and relief supplies to support relief efforts. Working with partners, the Red Cross has served 4,500 meals and snacks. Since September 11, more than 1.8 million weather alerts have been sent through Red Cross apps to help people make lifesaving decisions.
HOW YOU CAN HELP The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Florence relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or by texting the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Red Cross/Alaska Region
Samaritan Ministries Shows the Difference Between Insurance and the God-Honoring, Direct-Sharing Way Many Christians Are Doing Health Care
PEORIA, Ill.—As more and more Americans learn about health care sharing—and join the 1 million-plus people who are already part of a health care sharing ministry (HCSM)—they discover important distinctions between the health insurance model many are used to and this completely different way of dealing with health care needs.
The nearly 80,000 member households (more than 258,000 individuals) of Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org), one of the leading health care sharing ministries in America, know just how different health care sharing is from insurance—and these members appreciate this direct-sharing, effective, affordable and God-honoring model of health care that allows them to not only help fellow believers with their medical financial needs, but also with prayer and personal notes and cards of encouragement.
Each month, Samaritan’s growing Biblical community shares approximately $27 million in medical needs person-to-person. In fact, from 2007 through 2017, Samaritan Ministries members shared $1.2 billion in health care needs. Yet the monthly share has never exceeded $495 for a family of any size and is even less for two-person and single-person households.
“Samaritan Ministries emphatically states that health care sharing is not health insurance,” said Anthony Hopp, vice president of external relations for Samaritan Ministries. “And many of our members choose health care sharing for that very reason. While confusion between insurance and health care sharing exists among potential members, the media, medical professionals and even insurance industry insiders, Samaritan Ministries and some of our health care sharing counterparts go out of our way to communicate that we are not insurance. As millions of dollars in medical needs are shared among Samaritan’s quarter of a million members, they are fully aware that being part of a health care sharing ministry does not guarantee their needs will be met. That being said, for 23 years, our members have been overjoyed to find that their needs are not only met financially, but spiritually and emotionally as well. That in itself is a huge differentiator from insurance.”
Samaritan members also experience much more health freedom, control and transparency than they would under insurance. Members are not bound by networks and are free from insurance companies steering them toward approved doctors, choosing a hospital or clinic, dictating costs and even having a say in the method of care.
Health care sharing costs, especially with Samaritan, also remain more affordable because members are free to seek out their own providers, many of whom offer discounts for self-pay patients. These doctors are also happy to work directly with patients, free from the intrusion of third parties, health plans and government bureaucracy.
Samaritan Ministries does not use insurance agents or brokers, a further difference from insurance. HCSMs are regulated as non-profit organizations by each state’s attorney general, not by insurance regulations, because they are not practicing the business of insurance. Their continued growth in membership and high retention rate is evidence of the satisfaction of their members, answering the skepticism of those who defend the status quo.
Laura, a Samaritan Ministries member from Missouri, perhaps says it best.
“No, it’s not insurance. It’s health care. It’s Galatians 6:2 in action. I am convinced that [our daughter’s] amazing recovery has not just been her hard work, but also all the prayers and the fact that we never had to wait for approval from an insurance company to follow doctors’ orders. We couldn’t be more thankful and blessed!”
Samaritan Ministries offers two membership levels, Samaritan Classic and Samaritan Basic. Samaritan Basic has a lower monthly share coupled with a higher initial unshared amount than Samaritan Classic. This gives both present and future members two options for choosing what they believe is best for their families—and their budgets. Monthly shares for Samaritan Basic start as low as $100 for one person, $200 for two people and $250 for a family of any size, depending on age. Some guidelines differ between Samaritan Basic and Samaritan Classic; contact Samaritan Ministries for details or visit this link.