Hello again, fellow Creekers.
What a wacky winter season this is. Either it is unseasonably warm like it was the first part of this week, or it is the “polar” opposite and extraordinarily cold. The weather this year seems to be very extreme in both directions and not acting “normally.” As you’re reading this, a new really cold spell lasting a few days should already be under way.
With that, Rob Jarvis of the Christopher-Kohl’s Fire Department offered this advice. It is best to keep a few days worth of food and drinking water on hand during these times, as well as keeping your propane tank topped off. Also ensure you keep a week’s worth of medication on hand.
If you have a generator, it is best to start it and confirm that it is in good running condition, and the fluids topped off prior to any storm.
If you don’t have a generator, have an alternate source for lights and cooking. Do not use your gas stove or a camp stove for heating as it will leave you at risk for carbon monoxide poisoning.
Candles are often used for emergency light but can be a fire risk, consider a battery-powered light as your first backup option.
Don’t forget your pets in the planning and preparation process.
For those with needs or disabilities, the fire department can put you on a list and conduct welfare checks. We only do welfare checks as requested and generally only prescheduled checks during severe storms.
If you have a loved one in the area or cannot reach a neighbor, let the fire department know and we will check on them.
To be placed on this list, just call the fire department office at (928) 478-4011.
The fire department also has some sand bags available if the need arises.
In other fire department news, Wednesday night Hellsgate Fire District personnel and engines from the Tonto Village and Mead Ranch area were at the Christopher Kohl’s Fire Department for joint training. The training covered fire attack and strategies, as well as becoming more familiarized on each other’s trucks.
It is common for public safety agencies to have mutual aid agreements, this allows training and working together to improve and increase capabilities.
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