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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2012 11:24 pm | Updated: 11:54 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — Hurricane Sandy’s devastation on the East Coast is so far away from Alaska that its personal impact likely doesn’t register for most residents of the Last Frontier.

Alaska doesn’t have hurricanes, of course, but it does have other disasters. This past weekend’s 10th anniversary of the Denali Fault earthquake is but one reminder. The September windstorm that caused heavy damage in Tanacross and made a mess in other Interior communities is a more recent example.

And that leads to this question: Are you prepared?

“You may need to survive on your own after an emergency,” states an information sheet from the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management on its website. “This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days.”

The state has a lot of information for Alaskans, and it’s not just about making a disaster emergency kit. There’s information about the importance of having a family disaster plan, too. As the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management notes, families should determine in advance “how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.”

There’s also material to educate young children about how to manage in the wake of a disaster.

And, of course, coping in the aftermath of a disaster isn’t all about the humans. There’s even information online about how to make a disaster supply kit for your pet.

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