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Bering Sea Superstorm Strikes Alaska

Bering Sea Superstorm approaches the coast of Alaska On November 9, 2011, a powerful and extremely dangerous storm of near record or record magnitude is impacting the west coast of Alaska. The storm is bringing extremely strong winds to all of the Alaska west coast, accompanied by widespread major coastal flooding and potential severe beach erosion over many parts of the coastline. Coastal areas will experience sustained winds of 55-75 mph with winds gusting 90-100 mph. Water levels will rise as much as 9 feet in some areas—sustained sea levels may last 24 hours. Seas are forecast to crest in Nome, AK on Wednesday. Four to seven inches of snow is expected across the region today, daytime high temperatures near 30 degrees will then drop to near 20 degrees in the evening.

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Alaska Health and Preparedness Information | Locate Loved Ones & Care for the Whole Family | Staying Safe | Food & Water Safety | Mental Health | Safety Information for Responders and Clinicians

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Alaska Health and Preparedness Information

Public Health & Emergency Management


Stay Connected

Locate Loved Ones and Care for the Whole Family

Stay safe and take care of the immediate needs of yourself and your loved ones.


Staying Safe

Safety tips to help you handle common problems following tornadoes, including those related to power outages and cleaning up safely.


Food and Water Safety

Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.


Mental Health Resources

Coping with the stress caused by a tornado can be challenging for individuals, families, and children. Learn the signs of stress, what to expect, and how you can help your family and loved ones. If you are having trouble coping and need someone to talk to, contact the Southwest Missouri Crisis Intervention Mental Health Hotline at 1-800-494-7355.

Coping Resources:

Local Crisis Services


Alcohol and Substance Abuse in a Disaster

For Public Safety Workers



Safety Information for Responders and Clinicians

Information on how to stay safe, manage fatigue, avoid hazards, and communicate with the public.


Join the Response

Register with Emergency System  for Advance Registration of  Volunteer Health Professionals

Register with Medical Reserve Corps

Join the U.S. Public Health Service

  • This page last reviewed: November 09, 2011