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Anchorage City Council Passes Resolution for Avalanche Awareness Month


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 The City of Anchorage joined Governor Walker in recognizing the importance of reminding citizens to become avalanche aware by issuing a resolution declaring November Avalanche Awareness Month and supporting public awareness for snow safety.

Because Alaskans live, work and play in and on the edge of the wilderness and mountains capable of producing catastrophic avalanches, and because Alaska continually ranks number one per capita in the nation for avalanche related injuries and deaths, Anchorage Assemblyman Christopher Constant, who submitted the resolution for consideration, was joined by fellow assembly members who voted unanimously to support this effort.

On November 2nd, Constant and fellow Anchorage Assemblyman John Weddleton, participated in the 10th annual Snow Safety Summit at Alaska Pacific University. Constant volunteered as the Summit Moderator, while Weddleton shared his personal story of recreating in avalanche terrain on the Anchorage hillside.

This Summit, hosted by the Alaska Avalanche Information Center and made possible with support from Conoco Phillips, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and Alaska Pacific University (APU,) focused on the importance of communication.

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Keynote speakers Jeremy Zidek, Public Information Officer for the State of Alaska Homeland Security and Disaster Management, along with David Snider, National Weather Service, NOAA, provided key tips for helping snow safety professionals share critical information. Representatives from the media who further expanded on information sharing, included Tracy Sinclair from KTUU/ NBC news; Joe Vigil KTVA/CBS news; John Woodbury, Alaska Coast Magazine; Kellen Pierce, Alaska Integrated Media; and Connor McDonald, a graduate student at UAA researching the impacts of social media relating to decision making in snow country.

All Alaskans are encouraged to take the opportunities provided from agencies including the AAIC and the Alaska Avalanche School, to get educated and be prepared when traveling and recreating in the mountains.

There are numerous education opportunities planned around the state this winter making it easy for citizens to learn and practice safe travel techniques. Learn more at www.alaskasnow.org

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