The State of Alaska will hold a number of events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the 1964 earthquake.
Great Alaska Shakeout
Individuals, families, schools, businesses and other organizations can participate in the Great Alaska Shakeout drill on March 27 by registering at www.shakeout.org/Alaska. At 1:36 p.m., everyone is asked to practice proper earthquake response with “Drop, Cover and Hold On!” or to have a more extensive emergency drill. The State of Alaska has set a goal of having 100,000 Alaskans participate.
Commemorative Event at Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
A free public ceremony will be held March 27 when state and local officials will join community leaders to recall the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964. At 5:36 p.m., which is the exact time when the 1964 quake occurred, participants will observe 4 minutes and 38 seconds of silence (the length of time the quake lasted) while viewing historical footage of the event. The ceremony also will include stories from people who experienced the earthquake first-hand and a lecture on the effects of the earthquake.
In addition to activities at the Anchorage Museum, an extended venue at the Egan Center will feature earthquake photos, an opportunity for 64 earthquake survivors to record their stories, and a video link to the remembrance at the Anchorage Museum.
Alaska Shield Full Scale Exercise
From March 27-April 2, federal, state, nonprofit and other organizations will conduct a readiness exercise based out of the State Emergency Operation Center on JBER and the Egan Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage. Thirteen communities, including Anchorage, the Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula, Seward, Cordova, Valdez, Kodiak, Homer, Ketchikan, Juneau, Fort Greely, Unalaska and Fairbanks/North Pole will participate.
Most importantly, Alaskans are being asked to think about how they can become better prepared in case of an earthquake, tsunami or other disaster. Details on what to do if an earthquake hits, how to make an emergency kit for your home or office and other important details can be found at www.ready.alaska.gov.