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Resolve to be Prepared in Alaska

We urge Alaskans to be prepared at all times. --Tanguy Libbrecht

The first week of 2013 kept Red Cross staff and volunteers busy, with Red Cross urging family and personal preparedness as a New Year’s Resolution.

On Thursday, January 3, American Red Cross of Alaska responded to a 24-unit apartment complex fire in Anchorage. With so many families displaced from their homes, Red Cross volunteers quickly opened a shelter at the Spenard Recreation Center, offering a warm bed and meals for those who lost their homes and all their belongings in the fire.

“The outpouring of support from our community was heart-warming,” said Tanguy Libbrecht, CEO of American Red Cross of Alaska. “People were making monetary donations to the Red Cross and offering any support they could to help these families in need.”

On the heels of such a large fire response, volunteers were again on their feet after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake shook Southeast Alaska early Saturday morning. The post-quake threat of a tsunami meant coastal residents needed to seek shelter on high grounds. Luckily, the tsunami warning was soon called off, but the threat did not come without the question of, “what if?”

“We urge Alaskans to be prepared at all times,” added Libbrecht. “Get a kit. Make a plan. Be prepared. Those are three important and lifesaving steps that should be followed by everyone, as emergencies can strike anywhere, anytime.”

To learn how your family can better prepare for emergencies, like house fires, earthquakes and tsunamis visit or call your local Red Cross chapter at 907-646-5401 (Anchorage), 1-888-345-HERO (Statewide).

Alaskans can help their neighbors today by making a financial donation to American Red Cross of Alaska. Visit to make an online donation, stop in to local Red Cross office, or mail contributions to 235 East 8th Avenue, Suite 200, Anchorage, AK 99501.