FYI – News briefs & announcements – March 12

MAPP presentation held Thursday

New health needs assessment coordinator Megan Murphy will present MAPP highlights at the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area Board meeting on Thursday, 6:30 p.m. at the SPH conference room. Other agenda items will also be discussed.

‘Signs for Thriving Business’ workshop

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and the City’s planning and zoning office are sponsoring a workshop to explain Homer’s sign standards for size, height and temporary signs. The 45-minute free workshop will explore the most effective sign colors, font sizes, etc.
The workshop will be held March 18 at noon at the chamber’s conference room. It will be repeated on April 3. Call Dotti at 435-3118 for more information.

Free workshop for commercial fishermen

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a free, one-day coldwater safety and drill conductor workshop in Homer on Saturday, March 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Best Western Bidarka Inn.
Instructor Chris Lopez will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs; emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts and abandon-ship procedures.
The workshop includes an in-the-water practices session and meets the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. It is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost, thanks to funding from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. To register or get more information, contact AMSEA in Sitka at (907) 747-3287 or visit the AMSEA website at

Are you an internet-based entrepreneur?

A City of Homer Advisory Economic Development Commission survey will look at how to attract/foster “internet-based entrepreneurs” in Homer.
An “internet-based entrepreneur” is defined as someone who can work from anywhere in the world, thanks to the internet and other technologies.
The commission is collecting information on internet-based entrepreneurs in Homer; what attracts them to our community and what infrastructure needs they have. Data will be used to generate ways the community can grow and accommodate this sector.
The survey takes only a few minutes, and is available at the City of Homer economic development home page, or at Answers are kept anonymous.

Alaska commemorates 1964 earthquake

Alaskans are invited to participate in a Great Alaska Shakeout drill on Thursday, March 27 at 1:36 p.m.
The State of Alaska will hold a number of events surrounding the 50th anniversary of the 1964 earthquake, including a special commemorative event at the Anchorage Museum.
Alaska will also conduct a week-long, full-scale exercise called “Alaska Shield,” which allows state and federal agencies, along with private and volunteer organizations, to practice emergency response skills following an earthquake, tsunami or other natural disaster.
The State of Alaska has set a goal of having 100,000 Alaskans participate in the Great Alaska Shakeout drill by going to to register.
At 1:36 p.m., everyone is asked to practice proper earthquake response with “Drop, cover and hold on,” as well as more extensive emergency drills.
The State has been holding Great Alaska Shakeout drills along with the rest of the U.S. for two years now. This is the first time Alaska will hold a drill on its own. After the 50th anniversary, Alaska will go back to participating in national shakeout drills in October.

Tell your earthquake story

The State of Alaska is collecting stories and photos of the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake. If you were in the state in 1964 and have a story or photo to share, visit

Board meetings scheduled

The Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area Board will hold its regular meeting on March 19, 6:30 p.m. at Station 1.
Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds its regular meeting on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the McNeil Canyon Fire Station. Please call 235-9811 for more information. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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