Staff Pick

What’s the scariest part of being in Alaska?

Alex Boegler:
To me the scariest part of living in Alaska is the potential threat of a tsunami. I always wonder what would happen if there was a natural disaster. You can only go so far on an island. How would Ketchikan get their supplies? Where would everyone go? How will the city communicate? You look at places like Puerto Rico that have been hit by such devastating storms, and you can’t help but wonder what you would do in that situation. Would my 8th grade survival trip skills kick in? Do we break out the can and string phones? A tsunami is probably my worst nightmare. Thanks to the recent tsunami warnings I had to go through the horror of imagining what would happen if a massive wave came rolling onto the streets. If a huge wave came crashing down on my house I don’t even know what I would do. I can barely swim, I don’t think a doggy paddle will save my life in this situation. Speaking of doggy paddle, what would happen to my dogs? This might be the worst part of a potential tsunami, those poor little guys would be so scared. Even though it isn’t very likely for our little island to be hit by a tsunami it still leaves me shaking in my boots.

Adrian Ronquillo:
Being a senior about to head off to college, the scariest part about Alaska is not being in Alaska. The scenery here is unlike any other. Just a simple sunrise or sunset over the calm waters and BOOM, it’s something you instantly want to post on your Instagram or Snapchat story. The sense of community is another aspect that I would really be afraid of missing. My experience with the community of Ketchikan has been an amazing one. I plan on heading to Tacoma, Washington for college, and I don’t know if I’m looking forward to suddenly becoming anonymous in a city of over 200,000 people! The scariest part about Alaska is that I’ll have to leave it, and no one likes having to leave their home.

Joey Karlik:
Imagine you are on your way home from a basketball game. You are so pumped cause your team won so you’re wide awake. You are driving under the speed limit, like a good person, in your surprisingly small car. You aren’t on your phone. You say to yourself, what could go wrong? Then you make a turn and you suddenly lose control of the car. The wheel lets loose and BAM! You’ve hit another car and caused an accident. All thanks to the one horror I hate to face every year… BLACK ICE. You can’t avoid it and it can hit you on any part of the road. There were so many accidents last winter and I thought I was going to be next. Now if you asked some lower forty-eight people this question they would say either polar bears or wolves or sasquatch or something absurd or crazy. Not me. Black Ice is deadly and you can’t even see it!

Richard Stuart:
I think the scariest part of being in Alaska is definitely being attacked by a bear. Although not a lot of bear attacks happen, being torn apart by a bear would be a very grisly way to die. If you ever do get attacked by a bear, you should probably act dead until the bear leaves. But if you ever see a bear and think that it might attack, start making a lot of noise, but you should never run because the bear would probably chase you, and catch you.

Rosie K:
I think that the only scary part about being an Alaska is being so secluded. If something really bad happened it might take a while for any help to come. Other than that, living in Alaska seems pretty safe. Any outdoor activities that could potentially be dangerous are generally supervised. If they aren’t, there’s usually always safety classes available to learn how to handle scary situations. Living in Ketchikan seems particularly safe because we’re so far south, and we don’t have any really dangerous animals. We also live on an island so tsunamis don’t pose a very major threat. There also isn’t very much crime here, so overall I’d say it’s a super safe place to live.

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