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FREE IRS SCAMS SEMINAR 5-24-16

FREE IRS SCAMS SEMINAR 5-24-16

Media Release
Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office

IRS representative to host Fraud education seminars May 24th, 2016

Many have heard about this scam before, now hear it from the IRS directly. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Prescott Police Department, Yavapai-Prescott Tribal Police, and Prescott Valley Police Department are teaming up to fight this scam! Mr. Brian Wilson from the IRS Criminal Investigations Division will talk about the various IRS scams and other frauds affecting our communities and what to do about Identity theft. Of course, this important educational opportunity is FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

We also encourage local businesses that sell gift cards and/or conduct wire transfers to consider sending employees to understand how they can help stop scams like this in their tracks. We have had recent incidents where alert clerks suggested to senior aged customers that purchasing a large amount of gift cards may be part of a fraud scheme. When the customer offered to share the reason for the purchase, the scam was verified and in many cases, prevented the loss of thousands of dollars.

Meetings will take place at 2 locations on Tuesday, May 24th
10:00 am, Prescott Police Department, 222 S. Marina Street, Prescott, and at
1:00 pm, Prescott Valley Public Library Crystal Room, 7401 E. Civic Circle, Prescott Valley.

An ongoing problem - This scam and others similar in nature, continue to remain a serious problem throughout Yavapai County. Late last month, a 60-year-old Prescott Valley man who is also a disabled veteran, lost nearly $20,000 in the scam. The victim had received a phone call from man identifying himself as an IRS agent demanding back payment on federal taxes by way of gift cards. A short time later, the victim received another call from a ‘local police department’ official notifying him officers would be on the way to arrest him if he did not comply. Once the cards were purchased, identifying numbers were shared with the scammers.

When the deputy arrived at the victim’s home, he saw the victim had purchased about 40 Apple ITunes gift cards at various businesses around Prescott Valley, most with a $500 value. On behalf of the victim, the deputy immediately contacted a representative in the Apple Fraud Department and requested the card accounts be frozen. Apple has opened an investigation but as of now, the victim has sustained this loss.
Those who care for seniors and other individuals vulnerable to such schemes are encouraged to attend so the information and literature can be shared with others.

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

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS MONTH

WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS MONTH

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors proclaim the month of May
YAVAPAI COUNTY WILDFIRE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS MONTH

Have you thought about those supplies you’ll need the most? They will usually be the hardest to come by. Enlist your children to help gather supplies for your family’s emergency kit. It’ll bring you a sense of relief, and your kids a feeling of empowerment. Make sure you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Think about where you live and your needs. Consider having a large kit at home, and smaller portable kit in the car or your workplace. Attached is a helpful check list of the basic supplies that you should consider having ready to go for you and others in your household. FEMA_checklist_parent_508_071513.pdf

 

 

Annual County FREE slash Program

Annual County FREE slash Program

It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate! BE FIREWISE

The Yavapai County Office of Emergency Management with support from the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors is strongly recommending that all residents prepare for the 2016 fire season by being “FIREWISE.”

Wildfires are never out of season and now is the time to create defensible space around your home. Cut away vegetation 5 to 30 feet from all structures. Remove all debris and dead vegetation from roofs, decks, and the ground around your home.

The annual FREE slash (brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings) drop-off program is available at county transfer stations for two months beginning April 11th running through June 11th. County transfer stations are located in Black Canyon City, Camp Verde, Congress, Mayer, Paulden, Seligman, and Skull Valley. All slash must be removed from plastic bags. Flyer Free Slash Spring 2016 .pdf

Firewise preparations should also include having a plan in place before you are told to evacuate. The American Red Cross has some great online tools: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/preparedness

Using the “Five P”s is a great start to make sure you don’t leave anything important behind.
1. PRESCRIPTIONS – Have a week’s supply of all individuals’ medications and eyeglasses ready.
2. PETS – Food, water, tags, pet carrier or livestock transportation standing by.
3. PAPERS – Money, important documents and records should be kept together for quick access.
4. PICTURES – irreplaceable memories and items.
5. PHONES & COMPUTERS – Information on hard drives and disks as well as charging devices. 

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! BE FIREWISE

 

Sandbag and Sand Locations

Sandbag and Sand Locations

Thunderstorms can linger over any area dropping intense amounts of water in a short period of time. Your home or business could be at risk for 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 Yavapai Fire Station – 4125 W. Outer Loop Rd, Prescott
– Central Yavapai Fire Station PV – 8555 E Yavapai Rd, Prescott Valley
– Williamson Valley trailhead 308 – 347 across from Granite Oaks Dr. 7 miles North of Iron Springs Rd
– Mayer Fire Station – 10001 South Miami Street, Mayer
– Black Canyon Fire Station – 35050 Old Black Canyon Hwy, Black Canyon City
– Juniper Woods – Church off Bullock Rd., Juniper Woods
– Seligman Fire – Hwy 66 and 2nd Street
– Verde Valley Fire St 31, 2700 Godard Road, Cottonwood
– 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

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.

Yavapai Flood Control – http://www.ycflood.com/
Sandbag Document – Sandbagging Handout
Flood insurance information, Flood Smart - https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/
Flood Preparation and Safety Handout – In English English FloodPreparationSafetyBrochure_F684_062014
In Spanish Spanish f684s_preparacion_08_08

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.
• 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!

Heavy Rain Possible This Fall

Heavy Rain Possible This Fall

Typical El Niño Pattern

This fall the El Nino pattern may produce heavier rains than normal, are you prepared? Only a few inches of water can create a large amount of loss. 

Know the facts:

  • Flash floods often bring walls of water 10 to 15 feet high.
  • A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of rushing water.
  • Winter storms and snowmelt are common (but often overlooked) causes of flooding.
  • New land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction changes natural runoff paths.
  • Federal disaster assistance is usually a loan that must be paid back with interest. For a $50,000 loan at 4% interest, your monthly payment would be around $240 a month ($2,880 a year) for 30 years. Compare that to a $100,000 flood insurance premium, which is about $400 a year ($33 a month).
  • A Preferred Risk Policy provides both building and contents coverage for properties in moderate- to low-risk areas for one low-price.
  • In most cases, it takes 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect, so it’s important to buy insurance before the storm approaches and the floodwaters start to rise.
  • In a high-risk area, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire.
  • Even though flood insurance isn’t federally required, anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. In fact, people outside of mapped high-risk flood areas file over 20-percent of all National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance claims and receive one-third of Federal Disaster Assistance for flooding.
  • From 2005 to 2014, total flood insurance claims averaged more than $3.5 billion per year.
  • When your community participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), you can qualify for an insurance premium reduction discount of up to 45% if you live in a high-risk area and up to 10% in moderate- to low-risk areas.

Protect yourself and property!

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!

The ABCs of Back-to-School Preparedness

The ABCs of Back-to-School Preparedness

Parents and caregivers! Disasters can strike even when your child is away at school, so it is important to have plans in place so you can connect during an emergency. Preparing your child for emergencies that may happen during the school day is as easy as A-B-C.

From wildfires to water main break, emergencies can occur with little or no warning—even during the school day. As children head back to school, take a few steps to help protect your child from an emergency and to reunite with your child quickly and safely.

There are three steps you should take to protect your child:

A: Ask how you will be reunited with your child in an emergency or evacuation;
B: Bring extra medications, special food, or supplies your child will need if you are separated overnight; and
C: Complete a backpack card and tuck one in your child’s backpack and your wallet.

To learn more, visit emergency.cdc.gov/children. You can also download and complete the Family Emergency Communication Plan now available from America’s PrepareAthon!

Creating your Family Emergency Communication Plan starts with one simple question: “What if?”

“What if something happens and I’m not with my family?” “Will I be able to reach them?” “How will I know they are safe?” “How can I let them know I’m OK?” During a disaster, you will need to send and receive information from your family.

Communication networks, such as mobile phones and computers, could be unreliable during disasters, and electricity could be disrupted. Planning in advance will help ensure that all the members of your household—including children and individuals with access or functional needs, as well as outside caregivers—know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency. Planning starts with three easy steps: COLLECT – SHARE – PRACTICE.

IT’S TOO LATE, WHEN TOLD TO EVACUATE!
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Vehicle Travel Preparedness Tips

Vehicle Travel Preparedness Tips

National Preparedness month, can be summed up in one word, PREPARE. 

Vehicle Travel Preparedness Tips:

Being prepared isn’t always related to large emergency events. We can all incorporate preparedness into our everyday lives. It can be part of your check off list as we approach this holiday weekend. Adding a few extra items to your vehicles or luggage can help you and your loved ones be prepared in case of an emergency during your travels.

Emergency planning is just one small additional step in planning your trip. You know where you’re going, how you’re getting there, and when you’re coming back. To begin your emergency planning, all you have to do is imagine what emergencies might pop up along the way. A fairly likely scenario is breaking down at night on a rural stretch of road with no cell phone reception, and guess what; you’re camping for the night. No problem, if you’re prepared with a good vehicle emergency kit.

Alerts: The Red Cross provides several free emergency preparedness guide apps for iPhone and Android. While traveling, one app uses location services to tell you what county you’re in and if that county is experiencing any severe weather or emergency alerts. Other apps give tips on what to do in case of a storm, tornado, hurricane or another crisis. Visit www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps for more information. Within Yavapai County make sure to sign up with Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Notification System at: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/A45C10E5EC0F

Supplies:

Before you take off to travel, check the tires, check the AC. Check the spare tire and make sure it has air in it. Always carry the necessary equipment for changing a tire―a working jack, an inflated spare tire, a lug nut wrench or tire iron, and pipe for leverage. These items should always be stored in their designated place in your car’s trunk or hatchback. Check towing equipment, dragging chains will throw sparks. Never substitute parts when towing. Only use appropriate safety pins & hitch ball.

A flashlight with batteries, jumper cables, basic first aid supplies, 1-2 gallons of bottled water, snack items, a small shovel and a blanket are all useful in case you’re lost, stranded or stuck in a traffic jam. Include diapers, wipes and a change of clothes if traveling with infants or children. Always keep a cell phone charger in the vehicle so you can make emergency calls without worrying about a dead battery.

Write down important information, and keep it in a secure place. Don’t only rely on your cell phone or laptop to store your emergency contact numbers, etc. Keep a hard copy back-up on you. Always tell someone where you are doing, what route you are taking and when you plan on reaching your destination. You never know where you might be when a disaster strikes.

One item some people might not think about is a whistle. In cases where cars have gone off course and landed in ravines that aren’t visible from the road, it’s difficult to receive help if no one can see or hear them. A loud whistle carries farther than shouting voices, alerting rescuers to the location. Another useful item is a large umbrella. Not only do they protect you from the rain, but they also provide shade if you’re broken down on the side of the road on a hot day waiting for a tow truck.

Traveling emergency preparedness may not only benefit you but could also save a life another traveler. Don’t wait, Communicate. Participate in National Preparedness Month by using this holiday weekend as an opportunity to start your emergency preparedness kit and plans.

Additional CAR Recommended Items: A CAR traveling emergency kit (in addition to your personal needs) should include:

  • Jumper cables 
  • A flashlight with fresh batteries 
  • A Phillips head screwdriver 
  • A flat head screwdriver 
  • Vise grips 
  • An adjustable wrench 
  • A pair of pliers 
  • A tire inflator 
  • A tire pressure gauge 
  • Some rags and a funnel 
  • A roll of duct tape 
  • A roll of paper towels 
  • A roadside emergency card 
  • Triangle reflectors and/or flares. 
  • A pocketknife 
  • Bottled water 
  • One gallon of antifreeze 
  • A blanket 
  • Small fire extinguisher
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. To learn how you can prepare, please add http://www.regionalinfo-alert.org/to your favorites and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/YCOEM.

Throughout the month of September we will be posting preparedness information as well as some useful links 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.

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