UPDATE: Due to the Slide Fire in Oak Creek Canyon, and for obvious reasons, the emergency siren system testing previously scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday May 22 at 10:00 AM has been cancelled.
Thursday, May 22nd at approximately 10:00AM
Sedona AZ (May 20, 2014) – In preparation for the upcoming fire season the Sedona Fire District will test the emergency siren system on Thursday, May 22 at approximately 10:00 AM. This system is designed to notify residents of Oak Creek Canyon and Uptown Sedona of severe emergencies that require evacuation. This test serves two purposes: (1) SFD is assured that the system is working well and will be available when needed; and (2) residents, businesses and visitors become aware of what to expect in an actual emergency.
If an evacuation process is necessary and the siren system is implemented, residents are to remain calm and tune their radio to KAFF 930 AM or 92.9 FM for specific directions.
Both Coconino and Yavapai County have Reverse 911 notification systems. The system is called Code Red. Code Red is an emergency notification system that serves each county, including the cities located within their respective counties. Computer automation allows operators to send recorded emergency information to a large majority of our residents. Public safety officials may use this system to notify you in the event of wildland fires, neighborhood evacuations, closures of major highways due to traffic collisions, natural disasters, law enforcement emergencies, and any other occurrence that may affect the safety of our community. This system is another tool to help you stay informed during emergencies. It is important to register all of your phone numbers directly to allow you to be contacted in an emergency.
All area residents may register their phone numbers by accessing Code Red for Coconino County at http://www.coconino.az.gov/index.aspx?NID=207. Go to the “Notify Me” on the left side of the page. For Yavapai County you may access Code Red at . Go to “Click Here to Sign Up” near the bottom of the page .
Preparedness for any type of emergency or disaster starts with you. Follow these four basic steps to be prepared.
1) Have a Plan. Develop a family emergency evacuation plan together. Plan escape routes.
2) Have an Emergency Kit for evacuations and a Stay Kit for sheltering in place.
3) Stay Informed through Emergency Notification Alerts.
4) Volunteer in your community and be part of the response team.
For additional information feel free to call (928) 282-6800 or go to www.sedonafire.org.