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Winter Preparedness Information

Winter Preparedness Information

As winter approaches, it’s time to check your supplies and add to your emergency kit (https://www.ready.gov/kit):

o Rock salt or more environmentally safe products to melt ice on walkways. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency (http://www2.epa.gov/natural-disasters/snow-and-ice) for a complete list of recommended products.
o Sand to improve traction.
o Snow shovels and other snow removal equipment.
o Sufficient heating fuel. You may become isolated in your home and regular fuel sources may be cut off. Store a good supply of dry, seasoned wood for your fireplace or wood-burning stove.
o Adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm.

Make a Family Communications Plan (https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan). Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency, especially when phones are down or closed roads.
• Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Be alert to changing weather conditions.
• Minimize travel. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle. Stock up on food & supplies beforehand bad weather so you don’t have to travel during a storm.
• Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Winterize Your Home
• Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
• All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
• Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
• Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

Preparing for Loss of Power:
Primary concerns are loss of heat, power and telephone service and a shortage of supplies if storm conditions continue for more than a day.
• Extra food and water such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and other food requiring no cooking or refrigeration.
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Extra prescription medicine
• Baby items such as diapers and formula
• First-aid supplies
• Heating fuel: refuel before you are empty; fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm
• Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater, properly ventilated to prevent a fire
• Extra pet food and warm shelter for pets
• Snow can be melted for an additional water source.
• If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets.
• Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information
• Fire extinguisher, smoke alarm; test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly.

After an Outage
• Be extra cautious if you go outside to inspect for damage after a storm. Downed or hanging electrical wires can be hidden by snowdrifts, trees or debris, and could be live. Never attempt to touch or moved downed lines. Keep children and pets away from them.
• Do not touch anything power lines are touching, such as tree branches or fences. Always assume a downed line is a live line. Call your utility company to report any outage-related problem such as downed wires.
• Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out!

Vehicle checklist
Plan your travel and check the latest weather reports to avoid the storm! Fully check and winterize your vehicle before a winter storm. Carry a Winter Survival Kit:
• Mobile phone, charger, batteries 
 • Cutting device
• Back up if phone is down - Compass and road maps
• High-calorie, non-perishable food
• Full tank of gas
• Extra clothing to keep dry
• New wiper blades
• Small can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water
• Blankets/sleeping bags
• Sack of sand or cat litter for traction
• Flashlight with extra batteries
• Shovel
• First aid kit
• Windshield scraper and brush
• Tow rope
• Tool kit
• Battery booster cables
• Water container
• Make sure all vehicle lights are working
• Top off antifreeze levels 
Is your household prepared?

Is your household prepared?

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

September is National Preparedness Month. National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. A disaster isn’t always a large incident, it can be personal event as well. Home fire, a gas leak, pipe bursting, vehicle breaking down, medical emergency, lost child, and loss of power for long periods of time, just to name a few.

These things happen on a regular basis, they may not be a community disaster, but they can easily turn into a personal disaster. Is your household prepared? Answering these questions may help you get started:

• Does everyone know where the emergency shut off values are located in your home or business?
• Do you have a working fire extinguisher handy and does everyone know how to operate it?
• Does everyone have access to a phone, does it have a password?
• Does your child know what do if an adult is not able to help?
• Have you established a meeting location if you are separated or if your home isn’t safe to return to?
• Do you have extra must-have medications on hand?
• Do you have pets or large animals that you will need supplies and transportation for?
• Do you have back up power, extra heat source, extra water and non-perishable food for the household?
• If traveling or exploring, do you have a backup plan if your cell phone fails?
• Do you have a basic tool kit or survival supplies in your vehicle or hiking bag? Did you checked the weather before you leave?
• Do you know your child’s school emergency plans? Where they will go, how you will communicate with them?
• Do you have family in a nursing home? Do you know their emergency plan?
• Do know someone that needs assistance to evacuate? Do they have a plan?
**Have you and your loved ones registered with the (Code Red) Emergency Notification System through the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office? If not this is the link. http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/.

Throughout the month of September Emergency Management will be posting preparedness information on http://www.regionalinfo-alert.org/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YCOEM to help you get started.
Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today. Log into http://www.community.fema.gov/ and join the nation for National Preparedness Month.

It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate!

TECH READY - National Preparedness Month

TECH READY - National Preparedness Month

Through the use of everyday technology, individuals, families, responders and organizations can successfully prepare for, adapt to and recover from disruptions brought on by emergencies and/or disasters. With effective planning, it is possible to take advantage of technology before, during and after a crisis to communicate with loved ones.
Please click on the document link for some helpful links to add to your phone or computer, along with tips to stay connected. Be Tech Ready Document
Due to the IRS Scam Epidemic, YCSO will issue a “Code Red” notification

Due to the IRS Scam Epidemic, YCSO will issue a “Code Red” notification

Due to the IRS Scam Epidemic, YCSO will issue a “Code Red”
Emergency Notification Alert tomorrow Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 11AM.


Even with successful media and community outreach campaigns by YCSO and our local law enforcement partners regarding the IRS impersonation scam, YCSO continues to receive reports from residents victimized by these scammers. In just the past few days, a 32-year-old Prescott resident lost $4,000 dollars in the scam when she bought several ITunes gift cards in order to settle a so called “tax debt.”

Many Yavapai County residents who have contacted the Sheriff’s Office to report scam calls, indicate that because of the educational bulletins they knew to hang up on the scammers. Unfortunately, there is still a segment of our community that is not getting this information. As a result, Sheriff Mascher has authorized the use of the Code Red Emergency Notification System to warn residents throughout the county.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 11AM, a ‘Code Red’ alert will be sent to all subscribers. The 35 second message will provide a reminder that the IRS will NEVER call to demand tax payment by way of gift cards, ITune cards, or similar payment methods. Those receiving these calls will be urged to simply hang up.
YCSO will also encourage current “Code Red” subscribers to share the message with those who have not signed up for the system and urge them to consider subscribing for future “Code Red” alerts.

If we can prevent even one victim from losing thousands of dollars by way of the notification, the effort will be a success.
YCSO has also been in contact with the IRS Public Information Office in Phoenix and they endorse our outreach effort. The IRS also recommends that anyone receiving these impersonation tax scam calls should take the time to fill out an online form found here: https://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml. This allows investigators to track these crimes and develop leads to identify suspects and how they operate.

And finally, we would like to urge business owners who sell gift cards and handle money orders to educate their employees about this scam. Your employees have the opportunity to stop this scam in its tracks through a polite inquiry with a customer purchasing large amounts of gifts cards in one transaction. Most of the victims will be of senior age and display some sense of urgency as they attempt such a purchase. We have had several reports from victims who were extremely appreciative when alerted to this scam during contact with a proprietor which in turn prevented the loss of thousands of dollars.

Remember, the IRS will NEVER -
• Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
• Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
• Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
• Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
• Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at 928-771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov

 
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
Scott Mascher – Sheriff
255 E. Gurley Street, Prescott, AZ 86301
Dwight D’Evelyn - Media Coordinator 


September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by FEMA, National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies.
National Preparedness Month is a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters, both large scale and smaller local events. We know that emergencies can happen unexpectedly in communities just like yours, to people like you.

Throughout the month of September we will be posting preparedness information on this site and on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/YCOEM to help you get started.

One easy step to being prepared is making sure you register for emergency alerts. Within Yavapai County you want to register with the Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System (Code Red) at  h  http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/.

If you or someone you care for has access and functional needs please fill out this informational form to be listed in the Health Departments database. This database is not shared outside the department and helps response agencies know if someone cannot evacuate on their own. http://www.regionalinfo-alert.org/Portals/0/FunctionalNeedsForm.pdf

Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today Log into http://www.community.fema.gov/ and join the nation for National Preparedness Month.

It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate!

Sandbag locations and helpful flood information

Sandbag locations and helpful flood information

Current sandbag locations as well as important links that can help reduce the risk of flooding.

Anywhere it rains, it could flood. Even if an area hasn’t experienced a flood in the past, does not mean it can’t happen in the future. Flood risk isn’t just based on history; it can also be based on rainfall, topography, flood-control measures, river-flow and changes due to new construction and development.

Current sandbag and sand locations within Yavapai county: (Must fill your own – Please bring a shovel)
– Yavapai County Public Works yard in Prescott – 1100 Commerce Drive, Prescott
– Yavapai County Verde Valley Public Works yard – 4000 West Cherry Road, Verde Valley
– Prescott Fire Station – 333 White Spar Rd, Prescott
– Prescott Fire Station – 1980 Club House Drive, near the airport, Prescott
– Prescott/Central Fire Station – 1700 Iron Springs Road, Prescott
– Central Arizona Fire Station – 4125 W. Outer Loop Rd, Prescott
– Central Arizona Fire Station PV – 8555 E Yavapai Rd, Prescott Valley
-  Central Arizona Fire Chino Station 61 - 1133 West Road 3 North, Chino Valley
-  Central Arizona Fire Paulden Station 63 - 250 West Sweet Valley Drive - Paulden
– Williamson Valley trailhead 308 – 347 across from Granite Oaks Dr. 7 miles North of Iron Springs Rd
– Yarnell Presbyterian Church – 16455 Table Top Way
– Mayer Fire Station – 10001 South Miami Street, Mayer
– Black Canyon Fire Station – 35050 Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City
– Ash Fork – Church off Bullock Rd., Ash Fork
– Seligman Fire – Hwy 66 and 2nd Street
– Verde Valley Fire St 31, 2700 Godard Road, Cottonwood
- Cottonwood Public Works Yard - 1480 W. Mingus Ave
– Verde Valley Fire St. 36 at 895 First South Street, Clarkdale
– Verde Valley Fire St 32, 1120 S. Page Springs Road, Cornville
– Lake Montezuma – Sycamore Park
– Lake Montezuma – corner of Beaver Creek Rd & Lookout Point Rd
– Sedona Fire – Sedona Red Rock High School – 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd, Sedona
– Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road
– Sedona Uptown Public Parking Lot, 260 Schnebly Road
– Sedona United Methodist Church, 110 Indian Cliffs Road
– Sedona City Maintenance Yard, 2070 Contractors Road
Please view the links below for more flooding information in Yavapai County. Along with safety tips and a sandbagging handout on how to stack sandbags properly to increase their effectiveness.

Sandbag Document – Sandbagging Handout
Yavapai Flood Control – http://www.ycflood.com
Flood insurance information, Flood Smart – https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/
Flood Preparation and Safety Handout – In English FloodPreparationSafetyBrochure_F684_062014
In Spanish - Spanish Flood Preparedness

NEVER drive through flooded roadways. STOP! Turn Around Don’t Drown.
• Vehicles can be swept away by less than 2 feet of water.
• The roadbed may be washed out.
• You can lose control of your vehicle in only a few inches of water.
• Do not drive around a barricade. Turn around and go another way!

• Other tips – BEFORE A FLOOD TIPS
To prepare for a flood, you should:
• Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
• Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.
• Consider installing “check valves” to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.

We highly encourage residents to sign up with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System to be notified during emergency situations at: http://www.ycsoaz.gov/community/emergency-preparedness/ens/

It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate!

For more information about being prepared, please contact 928-771-3321 or marcie.slay@yavapai.us

Pile Burning Planned July 28-August 5 in the Prescott Basin

Pile Burning Planned July 28-August 5 in the Prescott Basin

Pile Burning Planned July 28-August 5 in the Prescott Basin

Prescott National Forest fire managers plan to continue fuels treatment in the Prescott Basin. Benefits from these treatment help to reduce hazardous fuels adjacent to the wildland urban interface and increase ecosystem and community resilience. Burning will start on Thursday, July 28 and could continue through Friday, August 5 pending favorable weather conditions.

Fuel Break at the Ranch Piles – 60 acres of piles that are located on the west side of Walker Road, south of the Ranch of Prescott subdivision (T13N, R2W, S12).
Highlands Center for Natural History Piles – 20 acres of piles that are located at the Highlands Center for Natural History on the east side of Walker Road (T13N, R1W, S8).
Burning of debris left over from thinning projects require moisture in the surrounding vegetation and typically produces much lighter smoke than broadcast burning. Pile burning is one piece of the ongoing fuels reduction work in the Prescott basin.
All prescribed fires activity is dependent on the availability of personnel and equipment, weather, fuels and conditions that minimize smoke impacts as best as possible and approval from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (www.azdeq.gov).

Fire Has a Role

The public can obtain additional prescribed fire information via the following:
• Prescott NF Fire Information Hotline: (928) 777-5799
• Prescott NF Forest Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott/
• Local Ranger Stations: Bradshaw Ranger District, (928) 443-8000; Chino Valley Ranger District (928) 777-2200; Verde Ranger District (928) 567-4121
Fire Restrictions lifted In Yavapai County

Fire Restrictions lifted In Yavapai County

Fire Restrictions lifted for Yavapai County

Effective 8:00 AM, Monday, August 1, 2016, Yavapai County will lift fire restrictions for all of Yavapai County. Yavapai County has received significant moisture, and fire conditions have moderated significantly across the various Fire Ban Zones. Forecast indicates continued and increasing moisture for Yavapai County. Fire Bans are jurisdictional and each fire district may set the limits of their fire ban or stage restrictions. Please check with your fire district prior to burning, and exercise caution while burning.

Bug Creek Fire update

Bug Creek Fire update

Fire is approximately at 1,000 acres at about 6pm and is a wind driven fire moving to the South of Cordes Lakes. Areas around the neighborhood still have hot spots. Evacuations remain. For additional information Please visit: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4821/
Bug Creek Fire

Bug Creek Fire

No updates at this time. The winds are out of the N.E.. The fire is still active. This is a photo from earlier from the Bureau of Land Management.

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