Residents on the east side of Tonto Creek now have a central location to get updated information when the creek is impassable.
Gila County Emergency Management organized a volunteer group on the east side last winter.
These volunteers will operate the emergency center when it is open, besides providing any other assistance that the county needs.
Two of these volunteers, Jack Urick and Glen Swanson, built a community information board and installed it in the parking area of Tonto Basin Fire Station #2. Postings would include operation hours for the emergency center, times for deliveries of necessities and updated creek information.
The fire station is located on Elm Street off Mimosa Street.
According to Leana Asberry, volunteer coordinator, “Gila County’s emergency volunteer program has been the most active in Tonto Basin.
“The Tonto Basin volunteers account for more than half of all the volunteers in the county. This fact is a testament to these residents’ commitment to service and neighbors.
“Anne Frank wrote, ‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’ The residents in the Tonto Basin area are the definition of ‘community’ and have never withheld good during times of emergency. They are always ready to help, and never tire in their commitment to improving the world.”
To volunteer, call Asberry at (928) 402-8805 or (800) 304-4452 ext. 8805 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.