In this work from the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program 2014 Collection, “Medical Rescue in Juneau‚” a Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew prepares the victim of a nearly fatal fall for evacuation from St. James Bay to Juneau where he will be transferred to a nearby hospital for treatment. In an average year, the Coast Guard responds to 25,880 search and rescue cases and saves 4,880 lives. U.S. Coast Guard Art Program work by Peter DeWeerdt.
Survival manuals are commonly found in an outdoor enthusiast’s bookcase. Though many books possess useful information, most of the material is routinely reproduced from text to text. Reality television programming now focused on prepping for the end of the world has just fueled further demand for the genre. In these conditions, Tim MacWelch has written a book titled Prepare for Anything Survival Manual that even a jaded sourdough would find remarkable.
The topic of survival and preparedness enjoys a different perspective in the north. Rural residents have long known the value of preparedness and self-sufficiency. Poor weather, power outages and transportation delays are not uncommon. MacWelch offers advice in 338 different areas that are broken into three board categories: gear, skills and survival. Many of the topics discussed in the book would be of interest to even the most prepared.
Tim MacWelch operates his own survival school and has vetted the skills offered in this book. Tim was been instructing outdoor skills for 18 years, actively writes for Outdoor Life and is the chief contributor to the company’s survival skills website. MacWelch’s expertise leads itself to preparing for natural disasters, learning wilderness survival skills and acquiring knowledge to live off the grid.
In a sign of the digital times, the USGS is closing its Map Store in Anchorage. The move announced by the Agency on May 28, 2014 is partly related to an administration directive to reduce costs and mainly the result of most USGS map products being made available for free download online.
The store located at Alaska Pacific University will remain open until October 31, 2014. Alaska Geographic will continue its sales of popular USGS maps at its 241 North C Street location in Anchorage.
Digital versions of USGS topographic maps do have significant advantages over paper products. The Agency announced late in 2013 that some 400 new topographic maps for the state of Alaska would be made available. These new maps reflect an initiative by the USGS to update foundational data for the state and replace maps that have been in use for 50 years. Read More