The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted last week to proclaim May as Yavapai County’s Wildfire Community Preparedness Month. The proclamation highlights the unique risks posed by wildfire, and the preparedness measures citizens can take to mitigate the potential hazard.
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.
Yavapai County annual free slash (brush, branches, grass, leaves and yard trimmings) drop-off program is currently available at county transfer stations April 11 through June 11. 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.
Yavapai County Emergency Management reminds residents of Yavapai County that “It’s Too Late When Told to Evacuate!” Be Firewise by having a plan in place before you are told to evacuate.
- Prepare your property, family & pets.
- Plan who will you call, where will you meet, what will you take.
- Build a “go kit” that includes food, water, medicine, personal needs etc.
- Stay informed by following local news on the radio, television and online.
There are many great online tools to help you prepare: Ready, Set, Go: www.wildlandfirersg.org and
The American Red: 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.
- Prescriptions: Have a week’s supply of all individuals’ medications and eyeglasses ready.
- Pets: Food, water, tags, pet carrier or livestock transportation standing by.
- Papers: Money, important documents and records should be kept together for quick access.
- Pictures: irreplaceable memories and items.
- Phones and 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/
For more on being prepared, please contact Yavapai County Emergency Management at 928-771-3321.