Local and state disaster response teams powered up emergency communications systems in Sitka this weekend, testing the compatibility and coverage of their two-way radio systems. The Alaska National Guard brought equipment to keep radios working for police, fire, and mountain rescue teams even if local antennas are lost. Sending a portable system to the top of Harbor Mountain enables continued communication with outlying communities as well.
Practicing for an emergency
The Sitka School District has come out ahead in this year’s budget process -- by about $1-million. Nevertheless, district officials are not necessarily jumping for joy. The practice in Sitka schools recently has been to budget conservatively, and hope for news like this. And then hope it happens again next year. more
In January, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake shook up Southeast Alaska, and sent scientists scrambling to study the fault where it originated. Researchers placed sensors on the ocean floor, hoping to better map the fault system, and better predict the size and location of future earthquakes. more