WillowCERT’s Participation in Alaska Shield

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The Alaska Shield 2019 Preparedness Exercise, a large scale exercise designed to test local agencies preparedness for real world events, was conducted this past weekend and was a success. We would like to thank all of the agency employees and the dozens of character actor volunteers for giving their time to help our community build capacity to handle natural disasters, wildfires, cyber attacks and the possible impacts from pandemic events.

Agencies participating in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough portion of the Alaska Shield 2019 exercise were:

Mat-Su Emergency Management (MSB EM)
Mat-Su Emergency Services (MSB EMS)
Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (MSBSD)
Mat-Su Regional Medical Center(MSRMC)
Mat-Su Public Health Center (MSPHC)
The Salvation Army USA
American Red Cross of Alaska, Mat-Su
Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon – Region 9
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM)
Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS)
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

#Alaskashield19 #MatSuEM #teamrubicon

9 members of Willow CERT participated Alaska Shield 2019 statewide emergency exercise yesterday. Our team worked with Mat Su Borough Dept. of Emergency Services, State of AK Public Health, Red Cross, Team Rubicon and many other volunteers.

Our team had previously taken a full day CDC “Essentials of Point of Dispensing” (POD) course. The purpose of setting up a POD could be for the administration of medication or immunizations in the event of a pandemic or biohazard emergency. Because that training we felt prepared to function in the various roles we were assigned to at the POD for Alaska Shield.

The simulated event was an outbreak of Pneumonic Plague, which is very contagious and has a high fatality rate, if not treated early with antibiotics. Over 200 fantastic community volunteer actors moved through the POD and were screened, treated or referred as needed.

MSB Dept of Emer. Services and the Public Health Nurses did a great job organizing this valuable exercise. It was awesome to have so many groups working together cooperatively!

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