Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management

Take a look back at the Nov. 30, 2018, earthquake that shook Southcentral Alaska with Dan Nelson and Bud Sexton with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management. Find out what went well in that situation, what lessons were learned and how OEM is hoping to get the entire community involved in preparing for the next natural disaster.

In just the last year, the Kenai Peninsula has been plagued by torrential rains and flooding, a 7.1 earthquake, and to top it all off, a wildfire stopping traffic and causing evacuation warnings to be given.
    Needless to say, it’s been a busy time at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, and as a result, there’ll be changes in the staff there.
    Borough Assembly Vice-President Hal Smalley introduced a resolution from the mayor’s office creating a new position, that of program manager for operations.

Spring time in Alaska also means it's fire season. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we'll talk with Dan Nelson, Emergency Manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, about the recent fires that triggered the start of the season, evacuation protocol during a fire and some of the things homeowners can do to prepare for the season if they haven't already. 

While the Kenai Peninsula Borough survived the Nov. 30, 7.0 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks in rosy condition compared to Anchorage and areas of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, it didn’t escape unscathed. Damage reports are still coming in and the repair bills are adding up.

The borough assembly will see an ordinance at its meeting Tuesday asking to appropriate $450,000 to cover repair and inspection costs already incurred and more yet to come.


Borough staff are still analyzing their procedures in responding to last week’s magnitude 7.0 earthquake.