18 Graduated from the FEMA CERT Basic Course in Willow!

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The 20 hour CERT Basic Training held over two weekends involved classroom instruction and hands on practice including the following topics:

o Disaster preparedness

o Fire Safety

o Disaster Medical Operations

o Light Search and Rescue

o Team Organization

o Disaster Psychology

o Terrorism and CERT

o Disaster simulation drill at conclusion of training

Hosted by Willow CERT volunteers, the course was conducted with the support of the Mat Su Borough Emergency Operations Ctr, Willow & Caswell Fire Dept., Willow Area Community Organization and many community volunteers.


Willow CERT helping keep Halloween Trunk or Treat parking lot safe

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Willow CERT has been dedicated to keeping the Halloween Trunk or Treat Community Center parking lot event safe since 2015. 

We consider this a valuable activity for our team. In addition to helping keep the children safe, it gives us a chance enhance our planning,  teamwork, handheld radio skills, observation and communication

We also enjoy it very much! 


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Update: 6:20pm

Road Closure:

North Burrow Street, located in Willow has been closed until further notice due to flooding.

The following creeks and roads are being monitored by DES and Public Works:


< East Shorty St.


<River Aire, Creekside, N. Burrow St. (closed), Johnson Rd., Denaki/Michelle.


< Little-Su corridor


<Schrock Rd/Sushana (Also watching Moose Meadows)


See: https://www.facebook.com/MatSuBorough

DES asking people to be aware of high water

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Mat-Su | Stefan Hinman | Monday, July 18, 2022

If you live in an area prone to flooding, in flood zones or to other low laying areas near streams or rivers, please monitor water conditions closely and be aware of rising levels.  Many area streams and rivers are currently flowing high and fast, approaching action or flood stages.  Be sure to know a safe way out of your area if it starts to flood and have the necessary personal supplies and medications needed to spend time away from your home.  If you cannot evacuate due to rising water levels call 911.  

If you plan on camping or recreating near local streams or rivers, be aware that water levels can change rapidly.  Avoid camping on sandbars or areas know to be affected during times of high water.  Be especially aware of high water levels, faster than normal moving water, and floating debris.  All these items are be a risk to people boating, rafting, canoeing or spending time in the water.  Conditions can change rapidly affecting your ability to traverse or cross waterways, even if you recently made it through safely.  


Hatcher Pass Closings

Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center

Alaska State Parks has closed East Hatcher Pass Management Area for all use at this time. See Below for Emergency Order and Map of Closed Areas.

HPAC issues avalanche forecasts for the East Hatcher Pass Management Area. The avalanche forecast for today, 2/24/22, is MODERATE for deep persistent slab avalanches.

HPAC is encouraging public comments on this matter. All comments should be directed to:

Stuart R Leidner

Superintendent, Mat-Su Region

Alaska State Parks