Update for July 7th
Protecting Alaska’s Children
This month the governor signed HB 308. The new law expands the correct use of car seats by limiting the liability of volunteer Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPST’s). Alaska is fortunate to have CPST’s as a resource to help install and teach the correct installation of car seats, as a car seat can be the difference between life and death in the event of an accident.
Increasing the number of CPST’s will help keep children more secure in their safety seats. Good legislation is always a team effort, The Alaska Child Passenger Safety Coalition, along with first responders, doctors, and safety volunteers from across the state joined the legislature in supporting this important legislation.
Do 1 Thing
The Anchorage Office of Emergency Management is encouraging all Alaskans to create a Family Communication Plan. The ability to reach loved ones in the aftermath of a disaster as soon as possible will be a must, but if the power grid fails, cell phone service, the internet and other forms of electronic communication could be unavailable.
The Do 1 Thing Organization has four important steps to creating a Family Communication Plan:
- Have a phone with a cord and a car charger for your cell phone standing by in case of a power failure
- Develop a plan for how your family will stay in touch during a disaster
- Program In Case of Emergency (ICE) numbers into all family cell phones
These few simple steps are the first steps to take in creating a communications plan. For more emergency preparedness information please go to http://do1thing.com/
Abbott Road Closure
Abbott Road between Little Creek Drive and Little Brook Street will be closed from 9:00 p.m. Friday, July 8 to 5:00 a.m. Monday, July 11 to install a fish passage culvert. Please look for detour signs that will be posted on Abbott Road. The road project is on schedule and could be completed by November. For more information call the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities at 644-0431.
The special session starts next week, our office will keep you posted through our Facebook page, Twitter page and this blog page with the latest from the state capitol.
We hope you summer is going well!