Alaska to stockpile food, just in case

Aug 29, 2012 -- 11:24am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Governor Sean Parnell says a major earthquake or volcanic eruption could leave the state's residents cut off from supply lines, and he's taking steps to ensure there's adequate food. Parnell says he's moving forward with plans to build warehouses full of emergency food in Anchorage and Fairbanks. Construction of the storage facilities will begin this fall. The goal is to have enough food to feed 40,000 people for up to a week. Alaska's emergency management director John Madden says Alaska's readiness is better than it once was, and it continues to improve. Delivery of food stockpiles would be staggered over three years. Food would be replaced after it's used or expired. The project has a budget of around $4 million.

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