Eagle River family takes emergency preparation seriously
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Facing a possible flu pandemic, everyone thinks about vaccines, drugs and other treatments to prevent getting the deadly virus.
But health officials here say one of the tools they’d use to stop a pandemic from spreading is “social distancing.” In the simplest terms, that means separating oneself from the rest of the community.
That’s why state health officials are asking Alaskans to stockpile food and water – not the antiviral drug Tamiflu – in their home pantries. How much do you need? Dr. Richard Mandsager, state public health director, said a good starting point is seven days’ worth of emergency supplies for every member of your family.
Becky Barney in Eagle River has that covered – and more.
Barney’s religion – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – promotes preparing for any type of emergency. She and other church members are trying to organize their neighborhoods, too, making sure they know who needs additional help and who has special gadgets like generators. (The Barneys have a generator.)