While the East Coast evaluates the damage from a rattling 5.8 magnitude quake that struck Tuesday, Alaska's leaders are discussing disaster preparedness on both the state and local level.
Gov. Sean Parnell said it's not a matter of if a disaster will strike Alaska, but a matter of when.
The message Wednesday at a joint press conference with Parnell and Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan called for all Alaskans as individuals to be prepared.
At the state level, Parnell said Alaska has secured $5 million during the last legislative session to purchase electrical generators and water purification systems that can be used during an emergency.
According to Sullivan, Anchorage's emergency management department has been planning and practicing drills.
“We do have a responsibility, each and every one of us, to be prepared particularly when we are so far, geographically, away from the lifelines that supply us,” Sullivan said.
Parnell stressed the importance of being ready before disaster strikes.
“Most of us who were raised here or work here, you go to the store 3-to-4 times a week just to pick up something extra for dinner. In the time of a disaster, that ability is not going to be there,” Parnell said.To find out more on how to prepare for disasters and what to put in your emergency kit, visit the Anchorage Municipality Disaster Preparedness page.