National Preparedness Month: Local Alaska Places to learn essential life-saving emergency skills

Sep 13, 2019, 10:56 AM by Denali 

There are countless stories of civilians who stepped up and were able to prevent a disaster from occurring. Our first responders do a lot for us, but there are always crucial moments before they arrive where your help could really make a difference. Knowing things like CPR and other first-aid procedures will equip you with the emergency response skills that could save a life.


Hero for Life

Location: Anchorage                                                                                                                 

Cost: $60-$115                                                                                                                                                      

The locally hosted classes at Hero for Life cover all the basics you’d want to know about first aid. If you’re more advanced, they also offer Basic Live Support training for healthcare providers. To see a full list of classes, visit their website here.


Location: Anchorage and Kenai

Cost: $90

Beacon’s main purpose is to help workplaces become safer by sending expert instructors to train them. They also offer a CPR with AED and First Aid course designed for average people to gain a knowledge of first aid and response. The course is a total of 8 hours and combines multiple areas to give a comprehensive safety overview.

American Red Cross

Location: Statewide and online, check for locations near you

Cost: Varies by course

The American Red Cross offers some of the best CPR and first aid training around. You can find multiple courses online, from basic first aid, to more specific topics like dealing with severe bleeding, anaphylaxis, and overdoses. There’s also in person classes at locations across the state, from Anchorage to Fairbanks. Check the website for times, locations, and class options.

VIP Alaska Inc.

Location: Kenai

Cost: Varies by course

From fist aid to AED and environmental emergency classes, VIP Alaska Inc. has you covered for the main certification and emergency training you might need. Classes are offered bi-weekly and in the evening. Registration and information can be done by calling 335-1935.

Emergency Care & Safety Institute

Location: Statewide and online

Cost: Varies by course

The Emergency Care & Safety Institute offers a wider variety of preparedness classes than others on this list. They offer the common first aid classes, along with babysitting training, wilderness first aid, and sports injury prevention. View the full list of classes here.

Frontier Safety & Supply

Location: Anchorage

Cost: $85 for most courses

Offering both American Heart Association and American Safety & Health Institute training courses, Frontier Safety & Supply is a great place to gets started on basic first aid training. Courses are offered at their location in Anchorage, and can be completed completely in person or through blended online learning. View the full list of options by visiting their website.

EMS Council

Location: Statewide, check with regional council

Cost:  Varies by course
The EMS Council has locations all across the state, and offers training in CPR, first aid, BLS, and more. If you don’t find a location near you, they also offer online classes

Looking for other ways to prepare yourself and your family?                             

Besides learning the necessary response skills, one of the best things you can do is make sure you are financially prepared to handle an unexpected situation. As part of National Preparedness Month, we’ve been sharing tips on how to do this. Building your savings not only keeps you secure in a bad event, but it also helps you build your future and move towards financial freedom. To learn more about savings and financial freedom, check out the rest of our blog here