2018 Lecture Series: Conversations Regarding Girdwood
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
While the shake of an earthquake can be fun and exciting, being ready for a big one is serious business. On May 31, the topic in the 2018 lecture series will be earthquake preparedness.
Trygve Erickson’s presentation theme is Lessons from 1964/Suggestions for the Future. Since 2004, Erickson has served as the Director of Communications & Electronics for the Municipality. He oversees disaster and emergency communications and acts as the director of the logistics section of Anchorage’s Emergency Operations Center.
On March 27, 1964, Erickson spent the day skiing in Girdwood. At 5:37 p.m. when the Great Alaska Earthquake stuck, he and his friends were driving home just south of Rabbit Creek. Although 17 years old, Erickson was an experienced member of the Denali Ski Patrol and the Alaska Rescue Group. Because of that background, he led a team that performed first organized search of the Turnagain area.
“It’s another one in our series making an impact in the community,” said Grace Pleasants. “We want to give folks a resource to reach out. Erickson’s stories and his life experiences of how to respond as a community as well as individuals will be very helpful for those who attend on the last day of May.”
Emergency kits, which will contain checklists and lists of questions to prepare yourself, will be given out as gifts. Girdwood 2020 and Girdwood, Inc. sponsor the hour and a half long event.
Girdwood Community Center
Doors 6 p.m.
Event 6:30-8 p.m.