The major windstorm on April 24 is a good reminder of the types of challenges we deal with and hazards we face as Alaskans. Gusts as high as 94 mph hit the Anchorage hillside, and winds of other significant speeds swept across the city for several hours. At the peak, Chugach had just over 15,000 members without power. Due to safety concerns, there are times crews have limited ability to make repairs during a storm. Trees hit power lines, poles were snapped, and flying debris caused major damage to utility assets throughout the Chugach service territory. The public should never approach any downed power lines.
The storm was a good reminder that residents need to be prepared for the unexpected. We never know when an even bigger storm, or perhaps an earthquake, could result in multiple-day power outages. Please use the recent windstorm as a reminder to make an emergency plan for you and your family. Plan ahead so you have extra food, water, medications, blankets, flashlights, and other items you might need if you don’t have power for several days. The State of Alaska has some good tips at here