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DHSS: Nov. 30 Southcentral Alaska Earthquake Resources

After a natural disaster like the big earthquake that hit Southcentral Alaska on Nov. 30, it’s normal to feel anxious, sad, or angry. It’s important to recognize those feelings in yourself or others and know they are valid. Acknowledging our feelings, helping loved ones and neighbors and connecting with others can help us get back on track. 

Here are some basic tips to help you and your loved ones cope in the aftermath of the earthquake and the repeated aftershocks, many of which were greater than 4.0 in magnitude.
Special thanks to the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services for their help compiling this information. Here are some helpful tips as we recover together from this earthquake event:

  • Make sure you take care of yourself and others. Don’t forget to eat regular meals and drink water to stay hydrated.
  • As much as possible, stick to your normal routines (including mealtimes, bedtimes). If you have children, they will feel more safe and secure with structure and routine.
  • Carry out small, practical tasks and count each success.
  • Take deep breaths if you feel the need to calm down. Take a slow, measured inhale through your nose. Hold your breath and count to three before exhaling through pursed lips.
  • Seek social connections and support. Share your experience and feelings.

How adults, caregivers and teachers can help children:

How we can help our neighbors:

  • Check on your neighbors. If you and your family are healthy and well, lend a helping hand to your neighbors and friends by helping with cleanup, cooking for them if their electricity is out, coordinating errands.
  • Talk to your neighbors and see if anyone needs a backup generator. Provide one if you have one, or help find one if you can.
  • Now is a good time to plan ahead. Review your family’s emergency plans, including where to gather and how to communicate in an emergency. Work on developing and upgrading your emergency kit if you need to. Here are some helpful resources on earthquake preparedness:

For mental health support:

  • If you need support or referrals to services in your area please call 2-1-1.
  • Aetna Behavioral Health is offering FREE Resources for Living telephone support to those affected by the earthquake. Individuals can contact Aetna EAP at 833-327-AETNA (1-833-327-2386) for telephonic consultation to help cope with the emotional impact of this event. This is available to anyone affected by the earthquake, regardless of whether they are an Aetna customer.
  • ​You can also call Careline, Alaska’s statewide 24/7 free and confidential crisis line. 1-877-266-4357 (HELP), or text for help at 839863.
  • Anchorage Community Mental Health Clinic is taking walk-in patients. 907-563-3200, For their 24-Hour Crisis Line: 907-563-3200.
  • The Mat-Su area has a regional 24-7 crisis line, 907-376-2411.
  • For more information:

Special considerations for individuals with disabilities and elderly:

Additional Resources:
FEMA Earthquakes Department of Homeland Security: Earthquake Preparedness Before, During and After an Earthquake
American Red Cross Tsunami Preparedness
American Red Cross Earthquake Safety