ICS Training Classes
The Kenai Peninsula Borough, Office of Emergency Management is offering ICS-300 training, Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents for Operational First Responders. This course provides in-depth training for people serving as command staff, section chiefs, strike team leaders, task force leaders, unit leaders, division/group supervisors, and multi-agency coordination system/emergency operations center staff.
The class will be held Decmeber 14 - 16, 2015 from 8:30am to 5:00pm at the KPB Emergency Operations Center, 253 Wilson Lane in Soldotna. There is no cost to attend the class, however costs for travel and per diem are the responsibility of the individual or sponsoring organization.
All participants must have the following pre-requisite courses completed at registration. All courses can be accessed at the FEMA Independent Study website.
IS-100.b: Introduction to Incident Command System
IS-200.b: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
IS-800.b: National Response Framework, An Introduction
CERT Class Sign Up
The next offering of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will be offered from February 15 - March 12 in Soldotna. This program teaches people from all walks of life the basic skills required to help themselves, neighbors, and their community in the event of a disaster or other emergency.
All classes will be held at the Emergency Response Center, 253 Wilson Lane in Soldotna. There is no cost or obligation for the course, however space is limited and minimum enrollments are required in order to conduct the course.
All materials will be provided, and the course is ability oriented which means people of all skill levels and physical abilities are welcome. Minimum age is 13 years old with parent or guardian consent.
Monday February 15 6p - 9p: Welcome, Administration, Disaster Preparedness
Wednesday February 17 6p - 9p: Fire/Utility Control
Friday February 19 6p - 9p: Disaster Medical Part 1
Monday February 22 6p - 9p: Disaster Medical Part 2
Wednesday February 24 6p - 9p: Disaster Medical (continued), light Search & Rescue
Friday February 26 6p - 9p: Search & Rescue (continued)
Monday February 29 6p - 9p: Team Organization
Wednesday, March 2 6p - 9p: Disaster Psychology
Friday March 4 6p - 9p: Terrorism and CERT, Review
Saturday March 12 8:30am - 1p: Disaster Simulation
Please click here to access the sign up form. You will receive an email confirmation with 48 hours.
Evacuation Advisories in progress
The Pollard subdivision and Funny River Road area (Milepost 7 to the end, including Salmon Run Drive vicinity) have evacuation advisories in effect. This advisory is due to erratic fire behavior conditions that may trigger an evacuation notice or order within the next 12 to 24 hours.
5/25/14: The advisories continue to be in effect.
There is no evacuation order at this time, only an advisory to be prepared.
If conditions change, an order to evacuate will be announced and instructions provided of where to go, or the warning will be canceled.
Please be prepared to leave immediately in the event an evacuation is initiated.
Residents should prepare now by having essential supplies such as medication and important papers, provisions for pets, and a plan for alternate shelter.
Community Wildfire Protection Plans
In accordance with the direction of the 2003 Healthy Forest Restoration Act, the Kenai Peninsula Interagency All Lands / All Hands Action Plan places a priority on working collaboratively with communities in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) and emphasizes the need for the communities on the Kenai Peninsula to complete Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs). These CWPPs give local community members an opportunity to consider WUI boundaries around their community for themselves, identify and prioritize hazard fuel reduction projects, and to recommend measures to reduce the ignitability of structures throughout the at-risk community.
A CWPP helps a community develop, clarify and refine its priorities for protection of life and property and critical infrastructure in the wildland urban interface. The CWPP brings together diverse local interests with a large base of knowledge to discuss their mutual concerns for public safety, community sustainability and natural resources. It offers a positive, solution-oriented environment in which to address challenges such as: local firefighting capability, the need for defensible space around homes and subdivisions, and where and how to prioritize land management - on both federal and non-federal land.
A CWPP can be used by FireWise program working groups, individual homeowners, fire departments, fire management personnel in natural resource agencies, and others involved in wildfire planning and mitigation efforts. Guidelines for the creation of a CWPP are outlined in Preparing a Community Wildfire Protection Plan: A Handbook for Wildland-Urban Interface Communities.