State Prepares Emergency Food Storage
Distributed among undisclosed storage facilities
ANCHORAGE - How do you feed over 44,000 Alaskans during a major disaster? State officials started putting contingency plans in motion Tuesday.
The state is beginning to move its critical food supplies to emergency storage.
From the state's emergency operations center, state agencies and the private sector would then work together to distribute the supplies to affected areas.
Contractors are stocking the caches with freeze-dried meals, infant formula, and cans of Alaska salmon. When it comes to emergency food, many people think of military MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), but that's not always the best choice.
“…They're not good for an infant,” said John W. Madden, Alaska’s Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. “And they're not good for an elder. And they're not good if you have a medical condition. So amongst this cache of food will include food appropriate for elders, for those with nutritional needs, and for infants.”
In addition to food, the state is also staging water purifiers that can make up to 1,800 gallons of potable water a day. The purifiers clean the water using paper, charcoal, and ultraviolet filters.
The state is storing the emergency food supplies to undisclosed storage facilities in Fairbanks and Anchorage.