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Coconino County, AZ – During the recent Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, many residents, travelers, and recreationists were unprepared to deal with the extent of the winter storm that hit Northern Arizona. It is estimated that the Sheriff’s Office responded to over four times the number of public assists and a significant increase in the number of rescues during the Thanksgiving / winter storm weekend, as compared to the previous weekend. Responses ranged from minor slide offs to significant rescues where people were stranded in remote areas in deep snow or without basic amenities of heat, shelter, food/water. Deputies also coordinated with other resources including the US Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish, Arizona Department of Public Safety Air Rescue, and Coconino County Emergency Management to respond to people in emergency situations.The Sheriff’s Office continues to respond to people in need as the community continues to clean up from the winter storm. It is important for people to understand that emergency responders can assist in getting people to safe places and connected with resources. Calls are prioritized based on the emergency nature of the situation, and extended response times may be expected for remote areas. Citizens are encouraged to call 911 for emergencies or 928-774-4523, option 1 to speak with Dispatch or a deputy. It is important for people in need to call Dispatch directly and as soon as possible.
The following is a summary of the types of calls dispatch and deputies handled.
For the period of November 28 – December 2, 2019, deputies responded to 957 total calls for service, including both citizen-initiated and officer-initiated activities. The previous non-holiday weekend of November 21 – November 25, 2019, deputies responded to 802 total calls for service. There was a significant increase in the number of activities stemming from outdoor recreation and the winter storm in Northern Arizona. The below chart shows a comparison of some of the more common types of calls during the holiday and non-holiday time frames.
# # #Note: Numbers are best estimates at time of data summary based on field reports from deputies and dispatch information