Every April, the Willow Health Organization (WHO) and Alaska Health Fair, Inc. sponsor a Health Fair in Willow. Over 100 people from our small community attend the Health Fair for low-cost blood tests as well as screening for vision, colon cancer, dental concerns and much more. Many agencies attending provide information to promote wellness and increase awareness of diseases, conditions, and information about community resources to improve health.
Last year Willow CERT identified the need to provide more assistance to WHO during the annual health fair. On April 16th, eleven members of Willow CERT assisted with set up and take down, registration, answering questions and helping out wherever a need was identified. A R.N. CERT member assisted with blood pressure screening and answered questions about the lab tests offered.
Because Willow experienced a disastrous wildfire in June 2015, CERT wanted to promote fire safety. At the CERT booth, the team provided State of Alaska/DNR Burn Permits and explained the new requirements for burning. CERT provided information about making one’s property more safe from wildfire and how to prepare for emergencies.
CERT participation at the Willow Health Fair was a valuable contribution to the event as it provided an opportunity to disseminate vital information on Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness to the community.