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Additional Information


The Coconino County Emergency Management website has a great deal of useful information regarding emergency notifications, Ready-Set-Go, wildland fire, severe winter weather, and more. 

Also see Radio85931.

When Public Communications all fail ...


Forest Lakes Fire District, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, the Coconino County Office of Emergency Management and the Amateur Radio Emergency Services have jointly developed a documented protocol that is now in place to ensure emergency service communications under all circumstances.

Forest Lakes residents need to know what to do in case of emergency when normal telephone, internet, and cell phone communications are not available.

1. Turn on your scanner radio, tune it to the Forest Lakes Fire channel (155.760 MHz) and listen for instructions. You will also be able to hear the fire and medical operational calls.

2. If you have an emergency or require outside communications, go to the fire station for assistance.

3. If your situation is not an immediate emergency, consider driving toward Payson for medical services or to get within range of a working cell tower.

4. Additional emergency preparedness information is available through a number of sources, including FEMA at

Winter Preparedness Tips from "Happenings" newsletter


For your home, always have on hand:

Three days of non-perishable food and water (one gallon per day per family member)

First aid kit and extra supply of medication

Personal hygiene supplies, extra clothing, footwear, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags

Extra food for pets and livestock

Flashlight, extra batteries, candles and a battery operated radio

Alternate heat source (kerosene, wood, etc.)

Full propane tank (if applicable)

Extra set of car keys, cash, credit cards

Snow shovels and a snow breaker for driveway windrows

An emergency plan for the entire family

For your vehicle, follow these preparedness tips:

Winterize your vehicle (antifreeze, wipers, battery, snow tires)

Carry an emergency kit consisting of tire chains or cables, blankets, tow strap, jumper cables, flashlight, water, first aid kit, ice scraper, extra clothing, and appropriate tools

Keep the gas tank at least half full

When traveling, let someone know your intended route and expected time of arrival

Allow extra time for travel 

Extra blankets and food.

Additional Tips….

  1. As you well know, snow storms can create inherently hazardous driving conditions regardless of snow removal operations. Having four-wheel-drive or tire chains are helpful tools for motorists, but when the weather is bad and visibility poor, everyone is encouraged to drive only when necessary and then to drive for the conditions of a given storm. 
  2. Be prepared in advance with the phone numbers of people  who offer snow removal.  You can find them listed in the Forest Lakes Phone Directory Business Directory under “Snow Removal”.  
  3. County Ordinance 86-6 prohibits parking on county roadways beginning on Nov. 1 of every year.  Failure to comply carries a minimum fine of $200, plus your vehicle may be towed out of the right-of-way.
  4. Because we are an unincorporated community and in a remote location, remember that all stores and restaurants, plus various services, are closed in the wintertime.
  5. Be considerate of your neighbors and don’t trespass on other people’s property, especially when it’s tempting to use their hills and driveways for sledding when there is snow.
  6. U. S. Forest Service roads are closed and gates up so that no one enters from the highway.  It’s dangerous to drive around in the forest on snowy or muddy roads.  Besides, if you get stuck or stranded, who is going to come and get you??

Do remember that our fabulous Forest Lakes Fire District has an on-duty crew available 24/7 for emergency and medical needs.

Do remember that we have a fabulous Coconino County Sheriff’s Deputy who lives in Forest Lakes whose duty is to be sure everyone obeys the law.