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




See shelter in place advisory below for those

For those affected by the wind across the Mat-Su, Shelters are being provided by the Red Cross at the following locations:-The Curtis D. Menard Sports Center at 1001 S Clapp St, Wasilla, AK 99654-Status: OPEN-Mat-Su Senior Services Center in Palmer, 1132 S Chugach St, Palmer, AK 99645=Status: Opened by 3amNOTE: PLEASE USE BACK DOOR. THE PARKING LOT IS ICY SO PLEASE BE CAREFUL. See: https://www.facebook.com/MatSuBorough

WillowCERT at Preparedness Expo

Brenda, Barbara, Bryan, Paul and Mark represented WillowCERT at the Menard Center Preparedness Expo in Wasilla on Saturday, September 26. It was great  to engage with so many people of all ages. It really is a good opportunity to get families talking among themselves about preparedness. Everyone seemed eager visit and it was a lot of fun. Kudos to Talon and her Team for all the effort that went into this Expo.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Job Titles/Position Requirements Released

From ARRL…

FEMA has released National Qualification System (NQS) Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Position Task Books (PTBs) for three CERT positions:

· CERT Chief — a volunteer who is responsible for a specific functional area within the CERT

· CERT Team Leader — a volunteer part of a CERT who directs team activities

· CERT Volunteer — a volunteer who is a part of a CERT and trains in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations

These resource typing documents will facilitate the sharing of deployable CERT positions at all jurisdictional levels. Resource typing is a key component of NIMS and enables organizations from across the country to work together during incidents of all types and sizes. Implementing NIMS resource management principles across the nation is a fundamental part of building our national preparedness.

View CERT Position Task Book. View Job Titles and Position Qualifications.

July 2nd – smoke alarm installation signups at Willow Farmers Market

See original posting here.

Willow and Caswell Fire Dept. and Willow CERT partnered with the Red Cross providing fire safety education and installing the free Smoke Alarms they provided in Willow today. July 2nd , 2-7 pm will be Emergency Preparedness Day at the Willow Farmers Market. CERT will be there and Red Cross will be signing up for smoke alarm installations!

May be an image of 6 people, people standing, outdoors and text that says 'American Red cross'