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
Willow CERT and other community volunteers working cooperatively to keep 3 road crossings safe at start of the Willow 300 sled dog race.
Great teamwork, radio practice and a fantastic way to spend a sunny 13 below morning. 44 Teams on the way!
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
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.
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.
Thanks to all volunteers who put a lot of effort into making this a fun and safe event!
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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!