Alaska is vulnerable to a broad variety of hazards including earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, avalanches, wildfires, severe storms, and epidemics. Man-made disasters include transportation accidents, fires, harzardous materials release, civil disturbances, and terrorist attacks.
The Emergency Preparedness Department at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) was created in 2003 to help the Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS) prepare for disasters and emergencies. We provide training, support, and coordination for emergencies and disasters. Our department is located in the ANTHC Division of Community Health Services, 3900 Ambassador Drive, Anchorage, Alaska. The program is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control administered through the Alaska Division of Health and Social Services.
The Alaska Tribal Health System (ATHS)
ATHS provides health care and other services to over 140,000 Alaska Native beneficiaries. In many areas of the state the ATHS provides the only health care in the region and would provide care to all Alaskans in an emergency. ANTHC has resources and expertise that are invaluable in responding to and managing a disaster. These include the Regional Service Support Center (RSSC), Information Technology (IT) section, the Division of Environmental Health and Engineering (DEHE), and the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC). During a disaster we would work with and help tribes, tribal health entities and government agencies respond to the disaster. We would help with communication, damage assessment and we would receive stage and ship emergency supplies and equipment throughout Alaska. ANMC the only Level II Trauma center in Alaska would provide medical care at ANMC and throughout the state with our extensive telemedicine program. To view ATHS map click here.
Community and Community Clinic - Emergency Plan Development
Surveys conducted by the ANTHC Emergency Preparedness Department indicated that about half of tribal clinics and a little less than half had some kind of emergency plan. To improve these numbers the ANTHC Emergency Preparedness Department developed model plans that are templates that can be used to develop specific plans. These include primary care and regional health corporation plan templates and shelter, emergency child care and even an emergency animal shelter. These are available on this website (click on links shown at right).
Small Community Emergency Response Planning
Emergency plans that small communities can use in responding to and managing disasters is essential to protect life and property when hit with a major disaster. To make it easy for communities to develop effective plans The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (ADHS&EM) has developed a very easy way for communities to develop a very effective emergency plan. The program is available on the ADHS&EM website which can be accessed on the links page.
Emergency Preparedness Workshops
Much of the collaboration and partnership successes that have been achieved are the result of emergency preparedness workshops held across the state. Upon request of the community, region or organization, a team composed of ANTHC, state agency personnel and others can offer two-to-three day workshops on location. Workshops can focus on development of plans for organization and community preparedness, mass casualty, floods, pandemic flu, and more. To date, more than 200 communities have participated in these workshops. The ANTHC Emergency Preparedness Department is available to help communities and health care entities develop and improve their emergency response capabilities.
Contact Information: please feel free to call Emergency Preparedness at (907) 729-4427 for any further detail.