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Turn Around Don’t Drown

El NinoSedona AZ (September 16, 2015) – This fall the El Nino pattern may produce heavier rains than normal, are you prepared?

Only a few inches of water can create a large amount of loss so turn around, don’t drown.

Know the facts:

Flash floods often bring walls of water 10 to 15 feet high. A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of rushing water. 

Winter storms and snowmelt are common (but often overlooked) causes of flooding.

New land development can increase flood risk, especially if the construction changes natural runoff paths.

Federal disaster assistance is usually a loan that must be paid back with interest. For a $50,000 loan at 4% interest, your monthly payment would be around $240 a month ($2,880 a year) for 30 years. Compare that to a $100,000 flood insurance premium, which is about $400 a year ($33 a month).

A Preferred Risk Policy provides both building and contents coverage for properties in moderate- to low-risk areas for one low-price. In most cases, it takes 30 days after purchase for a policy to take effect, so it’s important to buy insurance before the storm approaches and the floodwaters start to rise.

In a high-risk area, your home is more likely to be damaged by flood than by fire.

Even though flood insurance isn’t federally required, anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods. In fact, people outside of mapped high-risk flood areas file over 20-percent of all National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance claims and receive one-third of Federal Disaster Assistance for flooding.

From 2005 to 2014, total flood insurance claims averaged more than $3.5 billion per year. When your community participates in the Community Rating System (CRS), you can qualify for an insurance premium reduction discount of up to 45% if you live in a high-risk area and up to 10% in moderate- to low-risk areas.

  • Protect yourself and property!
  • Only flood insurance covers flood loss, learn more at floodsmart.gov . Keep informed by checking local weather forecasts and visiting regionalinfo-alert.org for alerts. Sand bags are available throughout Yavapai County and locations are posted on Regionalinfo-alert.  Additional flood preparation information can be found at www.ycflood.com.

We highly encourage residents to sign up with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Emergency Notification System at this link.

It’s Too Late, When Told To Evacuate!

For more information about being prepared, contact 928-771 -3321.

This is a message from Yavapai County Flood Control and Emergency Management.

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  1. To cross water on trails or paths is idiots play! Teach kids how to be desert smart and mountain men what I call rural street smarts.

  2. Tony Palermo says:

    National Preparedness month, can be summed up in one word, PREPARE.

    Vehicle Travel Preparedness Tips

    Being prepared isn’t always related to large emergency events. We can all incorporated preparedness into our everyday lives. It can be part of your check off list as we approach this holiday weekend. Adding a few extra items to your vehicles or luggage can help you and your loved ones be prepared in case of an emergency during your travels.

    Emergency planning is just one small additional step in planning your trip. You know where you’re going, how you’re getting there, and when you’re coming back. To begin your emergency planning, all you have to do is imagine what emergencies might pop up along the way. A fairly likely scenario is breaking down at night on a rural stretch of road with no cell phone reception, and guess what; you’re camping for the night. No problem, if you’re prepared with a good vehicle emergency kit.

    Alerts: The Red Cross provides several free emergency preparedness guide apps for iPhone and Android. While traveling, one app uses location services to tell you what county you’re in and if that county is experiencing any severe weather or emergency alerts. Other apps give tips on what to do in case of a storm, tornado, hurricane or another crisis.

    Visit http://www.redcross.org/prepare/mobile-apps for more information. Within Yavapai County make sure to sign up with Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Notification System at: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/A45C10E5EC0F


    Before you take off to travel, check the tires, check the AC. Check the spare tire and make sure it has air in it. Always carry the necessary equipment for changing a tire―a working jack, an inflated spare tire, a lug nut wrench or tire iron, and pipe for leverage. These items should always be stored in their designated place in your car’s trunk or hatchback. Check towing equipment, dragging chains will throw sparks. Never substitute parts when towing. Only use appropriate safety pins & hitch ball.

    A flashlight with batteries, jumper cables, basic first aid supplies, 1-2 gallons of bottled water, snack items, a small shovel and a blanket are all useful in case you’re lost, stranded or stuck in a traffic jam. Include diapers, wipes and a change of clothes if traveling with infants or children. Always keep a cell phone charger in the vehicle so you can make emergency calls without worrying about a dead battery.
    Write down important information, and keep it in a secure place. Don’t only rely on your cell phone or laptop to store your emergency contact numbers, etc. Keep a hard copy back-up on you. Always tell someone where you are doing, what route you are taking and when you plan on reaching your destination. You never know where you might be when a disaster strikes.

    One item some people might not think about is a whistle. In cases where cars have gone off course and landed in ravines that aren’t visible from the road, it’s difficult to receive help if no one can see or hear them. A loud whistle carries farther than shouting voices, alerting rescuers to the location. Another useful item is a large umbrella. Not only do they protect you from the rain, but they also provide shade if you’re broken down on the side of the road on a hot day waiting for a tow truck.

    Traveling emergency preparedness may not only benefit you but could also save a life another traveler. Don’t wait, Communicate. Participate in National Preparedness Month by using this holiday weekend as an opportunity to start your emergency preparedness kit and plans.

    Additional CAR Recommended Items:

    A CAR traveling emergency kit (in addition to your personal needs) should include:

     Jumper cables
     A flashlight with fresh batteries
     A Phillips head screwdriver
     A flat head screwdriver
     Vise grips
     An adjustable wrench
     A pair of pliers
     A tire inflator
     A tire pressure gauge
     Some rags and a funnel
     A roll of duct tape
     A roll of paper towels
     An roadside emergency card
     Triangle reflectors and/or flares.
     A pocketknife
     Bottled water
     One gallon of antifreeze
     A blanket
     Small fire extinguisher

    SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION AT: http://www.ycsoaz.gov
    Check out our new web pages for current news, events and ALERT information at http://www.ycsoaz.gov

    Anthony J. (Tony) Palermo CCPS
    Community Relations Specialist
    Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office
    255 E. Gurley Street
    Prescott, AZ 86301

  3. J. J. says:

    Great info! thanks!

  4. Thunderstorms and rains will increase during the day in the region as a second storm system moves across northern Arizona before midnight.

    The weather service predicts a few strong storms are possible across eastern Arizona today. Heavy rain is possible across all of northern Arizona, potential flooding can be anticipated.

    NWS cancelled a flash flood watch for the White Mountains and northeastern Arizona at 3 a.m. after rains from the tropical storm front tapered off.

    Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown!

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