Emergency responders want false nuclear warning to serve as a reminder for disaster preparation

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ANCHORAGE,Alaska (KTUU) A recent alert mistakenly issued by emergency officials in Hawaii has many looking for answers on what to do in case of a nuclear threat.

According to Ready.Gov, there are three key words to keep in mind when facing a potential nuclear blast: distance, shield and time.

The agency says an underground area such as a home or office building basement offers more protection than the first floor of a building from radiation.

State leaders with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management say they'd like to remind Alaskans about the importance of being prepared for a catastrophe or natural disaster.

"Alaska is a big state. It's unlikely we would be affected everywhere by an attack but an attack could disrupt our transportation system," Jeremy Zidek, a Public Information Officer for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said. Suggested supplies to build an emergency kit include food, medications and sources for heat and power.

The state has a breakdown of how to build an emergency kit with a budget in mind over a 12-week period posted here.

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