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 http://www.ready.gov
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.
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.