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Flagstaff, AZ - Don’t be caught unprepared! Twenty-five percent of all winter-related fatalities occur because people out in the storm are caught off guard, according to the National Weather Service. Sheriff Bill Pribil and the men and women of the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all community members of some simple Winter Survival Tips. 1) Major concerns for individuals are loss of heat, power, and telephone service. Families should have food and water, flashlights and batteries, first aid supplies and a battery operated radio in their disaster kit.2) The Emergency 911 phone system should be limited to life threatening situations only.3) Prepare your home for a power outage. If you have to leave your home and seek shelter, remember to bring your medications and sleeping gear such as blankets and sleeping bags. These items may not be provided by a shelter or may be in short supply. 4) Identify the most insulated room in your home in advance. That’s where you and your family can gather if you need to stay warm.5) Prepare in advance. Have alternate sources of power such as generators. The primary concerns when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.6) Have both a “GO KIT” and “STAY KIT” for sheltering in place. a. Have a GO KIT that includes a 72 hour supply of water, non-perishable food, change of clothes, battery operated radio, flashlight, blankets and sleeping bags. Include a first aid kit, computer files on external/ portable drive; copies of important documents; medicines; and specials items for infants, elderly and special needs family members. Remember to bring family pictures that can’t be replaced. Don’t forget to have a plan for your pets as well. b. Household emergency supplies (STAY KIT) should include enough food, water and supplies to last four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist: • Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration, such as canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, and energy bars • Manual can opener • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils • 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days) • Flashlights and batteries • Battery-powered radio • Battery-powered clock • Cellular phone • First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist) • Four-day supply of prescription medicines • Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member • Pet food and additional water for household pets7) For Winter Driving Safety Tips – Visit the National Traffic Safety Institute website http://ntsi.com/quick-links/safety-articles/winter-driving/ or Arizona Department of Transportation website http://www.azdot.gov/knowsnow/tips.asp
When a crisis occurs, local public safety officials have three methods to alert the public:1. Local radio, television, newspapers, and government web pages such as Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) and www.coconino.az.gov.2. The Emergency Alert System (EAS). Messages are rebroadcast on NOAA weather radio, AM and FM radio and television.3. READY! COCONINO Notification System. This system uses an E911 telephone number database and GIS mapping to locate specific communities to notify in an emergency. The message is recorded by local emergency officials and broadcasted to your home via computer and telephone lines. If you only have a cell phone or VoIP computer phone number, fill out the form at the top of the page.
Media Contact: Gerry Blair, Community Programs Planner & PIO, Coconino County Sheriff's Office (928) 226--5089