Happy Independence Day! The last two weeks have flown by and Restoration Point is winding down its inaugural disaster response exercise to the great state of Alaska. Over the last couple weeks we have learned much about the current plans for emergencies on the Kenai Peninsula and have also seen gaps in the plan with regard to volunteer preparation and management. This is an area we anticipate action and planning on our part to assist the Office of Emergency Management for the Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB). The team has also gained insight into the culture of this area and how it is an important part when planning and executing a volunteer response to a disaster. The final part of the trip was to assist the Rural Cap program in the area with construction on ten homes. Members of the Restoration Point team assisted in framing three homes (two of which have trusses) and reached the beginning stages of framing on three others. These members even got a chance to participate in an event with Senator Ted Stevens.
We will have a full recap in a press release coming soon and will post it here as well. We are making plans to come next year and are already in the planning stages. Next year will include similar training seminars, more specific disaster-related construction needs, and a possibility for teams to spend time working in the Bush. If you are interested in next year's trip, send us an e-mail and we will keep you posted on the progress and planning of the exercise.
Enjoy this picture of an Alaskan sunset (around midnight) with Mt. Redoubt in the background...one of the volcanoes that borders the KPB!