With the East Coast getting snow dumps (that are not unheard of for parts of coastal Alaska), storm surges that are causing flooding into the streets have complicated people being able to move.  Officials have called for residents to ‘stay in’.  Thankfully power outages have been partial, so that heat at this point is being provided for most residents along the seaboard (even though insulation in the homes is not what we’d expect in Alaska).

Yet with earthquakes and tsunamis being disasters Alaskans can experience, it is always best to be ready at any moment to ‘head out’. With the remote conditions and lack of infrastructure in Alaska it has been suggested that every resident/family has one week rather than typical 72 hour pack of supplies available in an emergency kit for evacuation. And of course that would include a type of heating device that can be used for cooking, water sterilization and possibly electrical generation.

Yet the most important thing to remember is that almost all propane catalytic heaters, biomass stoves or white gas burners are NOT vented and thus the carbon monoxide created in the combustion process of making heat goes into the ambient air and as a general rule of thumb should not be used inside a dwelling.  Now some manufactured combusting appliances, in their instructions, will mention how much minimal fresh air from a window or vent which needs to be allowed to come in if used indoors -and in such cases such recommendations should be followed.  Take a look of what you have  prepared and how you would get it out of the house if there was a sudden evacuation, and look at the UAF Cooperative Extension publications site at https://www.uaf.edu/ces/pubs/catalog/ for information that may help you prepare!

 

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