Alaska Preparedness Boot Camp

September is dedicated to preparedness across the United States, and nowhere is that more important than in Alaska. So we’re not messing around! Work through each of these drills if you want to make it through our preparedness boot camp!


'Purpose of punishment'

Let’s get started! Double time!

Your training begins with the Ready or Not Ready Quiz

Once you blunder through that, check your results on the Answer Sheet

Feeling good about your score? Well you’re not done yet, recruit!

Let’s see if we can’t boost that score, even pros go to practice.

March on

Alright, first step is to prep an emergency kit. Here are a few things you’ll want in there:

  • Water — at least one gallon per person per day for at least three days
  • Food — nonperishable food for at least three days
  • Manual can opener
  • First aid kit with dust masks, disinfectant, and prescription medications
  • Sanitation supplies such as moist towelettes (one container for every two household members), disinfectant, and garbage bags
  • Formula and diapers for any infants
  • Flashlight and extra batteries, battery-powered or hand-crank NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) weather radio and cell phone charger
  • Important documents — personal, financial, and insurance in a water proof container
  • Maps, your family emergency plan, and emergency contact numbers
  • Command reporting information
  • Food, water, other supplies, and documents for any pets
  • Money — at a minimum $100 in small bills


The Coast Guard’s Emergency Kit site has many more examples of gear to have, as well as the best way to pack.

Alright, recruit! Your bag is packed, now it’s time to make a plan for action!

'Honor, respect, devotion to duty'

When disaster strikes, it’s time to move! Having a plan up front means less time sitting around thinking, and more time making sure you and your family are safe!

Here are some tips:

  • Plan for the various emergency situations or disasters that could strike your family, considering potential hazards and weather patterns in your region.
  • Think about all the places you and your family may be throughout the day, such as home, work, school, and in transit.
  • Think through each possible emergency situation, and determine how your family should respond.
  • Gather input from all members of your family to consider all possibilities and make them more likely to remember important steps when an emergency happens.
  • Establish meeting places both inside and outside your neighborhood and discuss situations in which to use them.
  • Choose a contact person, a family member, or friend living somewhere else whom you can all contact if an emergency strikes when you are separated.
  • Review the plan annually and whenever there are major changes in your family situation, schedule, or activities.

Print out your own Emergency Plan


Alright, you’re off to a great start, but this is no time to quit! Check out these other resources if you really want to graduate preparedness boot camp!

Coast Guard Hazard Fact Sheet

FEMA’s Plan & Prepare Site

State of Alaska Emergency Preparedness

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