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Governor Parnell's Budget Prioritizes Emergency Preparedness

December 9, 2011, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today announced that his Fiscal Year 2013 budget will prioritize disaster and emergency preparedness. The governor’s budget proposal will include $4.9 million for emergency food supplies to be distributed and securely stored in several locations throughout the state. This appropriation, in conjunction with funding provided in last year’s capital budget for emergency power and water purification, will help communities prepare and provide critical emergency services.

“We are working to ensure that every community is prepared to respond in the case of an emergency or natural disaster with power generation, safe drinking water and food supplies,” Governor Parnell said. “Individual responsibility plays a key role when disaster strikes. Families should always have enough food and water on hand for seven days. We have seen the benefits of preparedness in the excellent response to the fall storms in Western Alaska, and the protection of life and property in those communities."

Additionally, Alaska’s geography and extreme weather conditions create enormous challenges to timely and effective response during natural disasters and other emergencies. Alaska State Troopers must be able to access remote areas during adverse weather conditions with a helicopter that is adequately equipped to complete the mission. The budget proposal will include $3 million to purchase a helicopter to meet these needs.

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