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In case you missed it, Alaska's estimated population fell in the year 2014 — by a total of 61 residents. The Ketchikan Gateway Borough lost an estimated three residents, according to data from state demographers.

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Larry Dean Hogan, 72, died Jan. 2, 2015, in Ketchikan.
9/5/2013
Prepare for it

No one likes to think about a disaster, but it happens and it's wise to be prepared.

Ketchikan has the Greater Ketchikan Area Local Emergency Planning Committee.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security encourages being prepared for emergencies in homes, businesses, schools and communities.

FEMA has a Ready Campaign to disseminate information to the public for response to emergencies, such as natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

The preparedness campaign covers prevention, protection, response and recovery efforts.

Since Sept 11, 2001, September has been known as National Preparedness Month.

Fifty-seven percent of Americans are believed to be supplied for a disaster; 44 percent have a household emergency plan. Emergency supply kits and emergency plans are recommended for families and individuals.

Businesses are encouraged by FEMA to consider how to continue in business through a disaster. It is important to document property and equipment and copy information critical to operations, which most businesses do already.

The local emergency planning committee provides lists of items to be prepared with: water, first aid kit, non-prescription drugs, sanitation, tools and supplies, clothing and other items necessary to one's well-being. It's wise to stock up.

The percentage of people and businesses prepared for emergencies are good; they could be better. All should be ready, just in case.