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Winter Weather Preparedness Week

Effective Date: Monday, October 1st, 2012

WHEREAS, each year, residents and visitors to Alaska undergo some of the harshest winter weather conditions. Strong winds, frigid temperatures, wind chill, freezing rain, black ice, heavy snow accumulation, blizzards, river and sea ice, avalanches, ocean storms, and coastal flooding all have the ability to claim lives and property and disrupt everyday life and commerce throughout our state; and

WHEREAS, the use of defective home heaters and cars with faulty exhaust systems can put Alaskans at risk for deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. Checking heating and engine exhaust systems regularly by a qualified technician, refraining from running a vehicle inside a garage, and installing battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors in homes can help guard against this invisible, odorless poison; and

WHEREAS, car accidents are the leading cause of death that can be indirectly attributed to winter weather. Black ice, slush, snow, road ice, and decreased visibility are additional hazards for Alaskan drivers during winter months; and

WHEREAS, the great Alaskan outdoors provides endless opportunities for winter recreation. Those enjoying the outdoors during the winter should take precautions against hypothermia and other dangers by dressing appropriately for the weather, packing emergency supplies, keeping alert to developing weather situations, and informing family and friends of their plans; and

WHEREAS, by preparing appropriately for the weather, keeping an emergency kit, and staying informed of weather conditions through the use of local radio and television, NOAA weather radio, and the internet, Alaskans can safely enjoy all that winter has to offer.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim October 14-30, 2012 as:

Winter Weather Preparedness Week

in Alaska, and encourage all citizens to include weather information in their daily planning in order to prepare for winter hazards.

Dated: October 1, 2012

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