LISTEN: How emergency officials and first responders are preparing for coronavirus

Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, Lori Townsend, TOA, Talk of Alaska, Coronavirus, COVID-19, March 17, 2020

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic. What does that mean for state emergency planners? How will community leaders need to prepare for local response? The virus has been confirmed in Alaska. How does that affect hospital emergency planning? We’ll discuss the emergency management plans for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic on the next Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend

  • Ethan Berkowitz, Mayor of Anchorage
  • Dr. Holly Alfrey, Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Native Medical Center
  • Kenneth Baker, Jr, Safety & Emergency Management, Providence Health & Services Alaska
  • Jeremy Zidek, Public Information Officer, Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Sean Murphy, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager, Alaska Regional Hospital


  • Connect with Providence Health & Services Alaska via chatbot or call the 24-hour nurse advice line at 907-212-6183.

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LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
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Lori Townsend is the news director and senior host for Alaska Public Media. You can send her program ideas for Talk of Alaska and Alaska Insight at or call 907-350-2058.

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