WHEREAS, Alaskan winters bring distinct beauty and recreational opportunities. Once snow and ice cover the landscape, people in Alaska can ski, snowboard, snow machine, snow shoe, climb or skate on ice, and engage in many other winter activities; and
WHEREAS, Alaska’s winter weather also presents danger and challenges Alaskans must prepare for to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their property; and
WHEREAS, many types of adverse winter conditions commonly occur, including aircraft icing, blizzards, large ocean waves, freezing spray, avalanches, black ice, coastal floods, deep snow, freezing rain, frigid temperatures, wind chills, river and sea ice, and strong winds; and
WHEREAS, winter conditions in Alaska can increase travel difficulty. Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death indirectly attributed to winter weather; travelers should allow additional time for de-icing and driving, and remain alert while operating motorized vehicles; and
WHEREAS, many Alaskans fall through ice. Those planning to venture onto ice should check ice conditions, share their travel plans, and prepare to self-rescue; and
WHEREAS, it is essential that Alaskans monitor weather information sources for forecasts and warnings, create an emergency communications plan, and assemble an emergency supply kit including a battery-operated weather radio; and
WHEREAS, by planning ahead, we can all be better equipped to handle emergency situations, and through basic safety steps, we can safely enjoy the unique beauty of Alaska’s winter.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 1 – October 7, 2023 as:
Winter Weather Preparedness Week
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to prepare for hazardous winter weather to safely enjoy the season.
Dated: October 1, 2023