CERT training for the Upper Su Valley, March 9, 10, 16 & 17 at the Sunshine Senior Center

Willow CERT in partnership with the Mat Su Borough, Red Cross and Sunshine Clinic, will be hosting a 20hr Basic CERT training in March 2019
The class is free but registration is required.  The class will take place over two consecutive weekends, March 9, 10, 16 & 17 at the Sunshine Senior Center.  Seating is limited so sign up early.  For additional questions, please contact Kathy Watkins at watkins9351@live.com or cell 907-795-0969

Willow CERT at Sutton Safety Fair

On June 16 th Willow CERT worked to promote Emergency Preparedness at the Sutton Safety Fair.

The event was well attended by both local residents and others passing by on the Glenn Highway.

Attendees and exhibitors were impressed with the diverse exhibits promoting safety and preparedness.

The location of the event on beautiful grounds and in the historic buildings of the wonderful Alpine Historical Park made the experience even more special.

Many families with children stopped by the CERT booth to play the Disaster Trivia Plinko game.

2nd Su Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair on May 5th, 2018

Willow CERT hosted the 2nd Su Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair on May 5,th 2018. The theme of this free, family-friendly event was:  Be Aware and Prepare!


More than 30 exhibitors displayed and demonstrated valuable information regarding safety and emergency preparedness at the Willow Community Center.

This exciting event featured many hands-on, educational activities for all ages. It was especially gratifying to see the children engaged with the informative, enjoyable exhibits.

Inside exhibits included avalanche awareness, aviation safety, wilderness first aid, hands only CPR, signing up for free smoke alarm installation, planning for pets in a disaster, storing food for emergencies, wildfire prevention, earthquake preparedness, developing a personal emergency plan and much more.

Outside, the Willow, Caswell and West Lakes Fire Departments demonstrated safe use of burn barrels, issued burn permits and provided information about how to make our property and homes safer from fires.

Willow and Caswell Fire Dept. also  set up a landing zone outside for a Lifemed helicopter to land and educate people about how evacuations for a medical emergency are accomplished.

MAT SAR Search and Rescue displayed their communication trailer and a team of trained dogs to demonstrate how they search for lost people.

Safe boating and “Josh the Otter” presented vital information about water safety for children and adults.

Willow CERT had an exhibit teaching about how quickly we lose our abilities with cold water immersion. Many brave people sank their hands in a 5 gallon bucket of ice water to learn how difficult it was to retrieve coins from on the bottom.

Bloodbank of Alaska Bloodmobile reported that donations received from  volunteers and attendees at this Fair were sufficient to potentially save 36 Alaskan lives.

This important event was sponsored by AARP, Mat Su Borough Emergency Services Dept, Mat Valley Federal Credit Union and MTZ tools.

Willow CERT will host the next Su Valley Emergency Preparedness Fair in 2020.

Nationwide Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” Event

On May 12th, Willow CERT teamed up with the Red Cross and Willow and Caswell Fire Dept. to install smoke alarms throughout Willow as part of the nationwide Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” event.


The blended teams visited 12 homes, educated the residents about fire safety and installed 38 smoke detectors.

It’s not too late to get free smoke alarms installed in your home.

Call the Red Cross at 907-357-6060, choose option 3.