WACO Sponsored, Newsletter, July thru Sept 2017, edition 03

CERT Happenings

4th of July

This was the 3rd year that Willow CERT worked to promote safety at the Willow Independence Day Parade. Just prior to the parade, CERT members reviewed the WACO parade safety guidelines with participants.  CERT members walked the route assessing the for hazards and facilitating at road crossings.  Submitted by Brenda McCainCERT in Cordova

Willow CERT trains in Cordova

Willow CERT had the opportunity to assist the Cordova CERT with some basic CERT training classes s well as participate in a tsuanmi “RACE the Wave” teaching kids how to build a grab and go bag for emergencies. What an awesome opportunity for building relationships with other CERT teams in Alaska.

Members Spotlight

By Kathy Watkins

Let me introduce you to Norm Wakeman a valued member of the Willow CERT team. Norm was born and raised in Claremont, NH and graduated from Stevens High School; and later graduated from Keene State College where he e enjoyed being part of the ski team, lacrosse and soccer teams. Norm went on to teach Industrial Arts at Woodstock Union High School and was the ski coach there. When Norm left teaching to work for the USDA Soil Conservation services, now known as the National Resources Conservation Service where he returned to Claremont. In the early days, his job consisted of surveying then moved into the management side with more office work. His final position was with the New England Water Resources Dept. Norm took an early retirement to work as a consultant in survey design and the supervision of construction. In Norm’s free time, he worked with the Outward Bound program with Stevens High School for 20 years. (The Outward Bound program is the premier provider of experience-based outdoor Norm Wakemanleadership programs for youth and adults). Norm also spent 30 years with the US Army Reserves and taught Hunter Education for the State of New Hampshire for 25 years. Norm served several years on the Claremont Conservation Commission and Historical District Commission. We are so glad that Norm chose Willow Alaska to call home. He is a sure asset to our team.

Sutton Safety Fair

4 members of our Willow CERT team assisted the Matsu borough in promoting the CERT program at the Sutton Safety Fair in July. Thank you to Mark, Margot, Paul and John for their time and commitment to the program.


Talkeetna Community Picnic

Mark Allan, Heather Ridge and Kathy Watkins had the opportunity to share CERT at the annual Talkeetna Community picnic on Sat. Aug 12thGreat connections were made.


MatSu Emergency Preparedness Expo

Sept found the Willow CERT team actively engaged as part of the preparedness expo. The opportunity to demonstrate to the public skills we learn as part of the 20 hour training program.

CERT demonstrated the process of cribbing and leveraging and a few proper ways to remove trapped victims. With the happenings around the US and Mexico with the hurricanes and earthquakes, this was a most timely demonstration. In addition Willow CERT provided tools for kids on how to build their own “grab and go bags” with a list of items to include. A raffle of two “kid specific” grab and go bags was raffled off.

Willow CERT receives FEMA recognition for Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program.  Congratulations to our team for all their dedication hard work and belief in what the CERT program stands for.


Wed Oct 10th Field Trip to Pyrah’s U-pick Farm (LDS warehouse for emergency food)

Sat Oct 21st SuValley Health Fair

Sat Oct 28th CERT mtg location tbd

Oct 31st Trunk or Treat

Nov 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th CERT basic training

Dec ?? Christmas Party day & location tbdcropped-willowcert-team-at-2015-july-4-parade1.jpg


Beginning in Oct. Willow CERT meetings are being changed to Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Actual dates and locations will be determined on a month-to-month basis.

Thanks to Sunshine Community Health Center for their generous donation of “expired” fist aid supplies for our training exercise in Nov. Your support of the CERT program is greatly appreciated.


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