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The unusually dry winter and warm temperatures could bring an early start to Arizona’s wildfire season, and the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office wants you to be prepared.
The fifteen Arizona Sheriff’s adopted Ready, Set, Go! (RSG), a program that educates residents about proactive measures to take before an emergency and actions to follow when communities are threatened. The program’s three tenets encourage Arizonans to get READY by preparing now for what threatens their community, be SET by maintaining awareness of significant danger and to GO, evacuate immediately when the danger is current and life-threatening.
“We set up these steps in an effort to make sure people are prepared during wildfire season. When fire strikes, it can be a very intense situation for homeowners and first responders.” Said Sheriff Mark Lamb, Pinal County. “We want to make sure everyone has a plan in place so they keep their home safe and evacuate easily.”
The Ready, Set, Go! program highlights actions residents should take during each step: READY: “Prepare now”
- Be aware of hazards that can threaten your community.
Register for Pinal County Notification System. Pinal County has implemented an emergency mass notification system to alert residents and businesses about emergencies and other important community news. The Pinal Emergency Notification System (PENS) enables us to provide you with critical information quickly and effectively in a variety of situations, such as; severe weather, fires, hazardous materials incidents, evacuations, and other emergency events.
Time-sensitive messages will be delivered for your chosen location(s), in whichever way you specify, via cell, home, and work phones, and by text messaging and/or email. You pick where, you pick how. Stay informed, sign up today!
SET: "Be alert”
- Create defensible space around your home by keeping grass mowed short and trimming vegetation.
- Build an emergency supplies kit. Start with the five P’s: people and pet supplies, prescriptions, papers, personal needs and priceless items.
- There is significant danger in your area.
- Consider voluntarily relocating to a shelter or with family/friends outside of the affected area.
- This might be the only notice you receive.
- Danger in your area is current and life-threatening.
- Evacuate immediately to a shelter or to family/friends outside the affected area.
- Follow instructions from emergency personnel, and stay on designated evacaution routes.
The Ready, Set, Go! program started in March 2011, when the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) aimed to improve the dialogue between fire departments and the residents they serve.
The Ready, Set, Go! program amplifies the common goal of all-hazards preparedness. Successfully preparing for an emergency encourages personal responsibility to protect yourself, your family and your property. Visit http://ein.az.gov
to learn more about hazards in the state and how to prepare. For additional Ready, Set, Go! information, follow Twitter at @PinalCSO and @AzEIN.