State compiles list of specialized relief assets
The Alaska Division of Emergency Services has begun compiling a list of their capabilities and specialized equipment that can be used in the ongoing relief and recovery effort. The division is looking for specialized resources like DNA testing labs and ground penetrating radar. An emergency services manager from Alaska is currently in New York, assisting at an emergency operations center.
Donations exceed handling capacity
New York and Washington D.C. have been flooded with donated supplies of food and clothing, to the point where collection agencies can no longer process or store any additional items. Federal Emergency Management Agency director Jon Allbaugh says, “The best way for citizens or businesses to support relief efforts is through monetary donations to voluntary organizations.”
Choose charities wisely
The Alaska Attorneys General Office and the Better Business Bureau of Alaska are cautioning citizens to carefully review and evaluate requests for donations. They are advising individuals against providing credit card or checking account numbers to unknown organizations. People concerned about the nature of an organization can contact the Alaska Department of Law at 269-5100, or log on to http://www.law.state.ak.us/consumer/pdf/regcharit.pdf
Enchanted World Auditions
Enchanted World is a multicultural display of local performers depicting customs and traditions from many cultures and storybook characters. The group is looking for people of all ages, genders and nationalities to audition. Auditions will be held Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m. in the Egan Convention Center, 555 West Fifth Ave.
New trails planned
Gov. Tony Knowles has announced plans to formalize Alaska's trail system and complete the Anchorage to Girdwood coastal trail, along with the 75-mile Upper Copper River trail. The trails are to be completed by 2004. The Girdwood trail's beginning will be in Ship Creek and the Copper River trail will run south from Chitna to Cleave Creek with a connection up the Tiekel River to the Richardson Highway. While there are differing views and concerns expressed about the various alternatives, Knowles said a state planning team is set to address them.