Please Review Your Property Insurance Now

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Fire season has promised to be fierce in the White Mountains this year. Property insurers are an odd bunch. For some reason, they don’t like to issue new policies or make changes to existing policies while a fire is raging in the area of the subject property. If you are satisfied with your current coverage and believe it is sufficient there is nothing you need to do.

If your insurance policy is set to renew shortly or if you have decided to make changes, it would be wise to contact your insurance carrier sooner rather than later to discuss any modifications you might like to make. In the event of a forest fire, insurance underwriters use a large radius to make decisions as to whether they will insure a property or alter current coverage.

Protect your home and possessions with the proper amount of insurance. Protect yourselves by becoming familiar with the Risk Awareness Committee’s Fire Safety Plan. Their guidelines are forthcoming. We will be posting events and links on this blog.

Stay safe out there.

THIS NOTICE CONTAINS IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION FOR BOTH THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP AND THOSE WHO HAVEN’T

The work on the Fire Safety Plan was initiated in WMVV because of the high fire danger in the White Mountains and an incident which occurred in Paradise, CA a few years ago. Paradise had a fire which killed 85 people. It was determined that the high number of deaths was largely a result of several key factors:

1.      A high percentage of the residents were elderly and some with disabilities.

2.      They had no emergency alert system

3.      They had no emergency evacuation plan

We can’t do much about item 1 but we can address items 2 and 3. The formation of a committee to address Fire Safety and other risks to residents was proposed to the Board and immediately approved.

For those people at the 93 lots who have signed up and emailed their information to the committee, thank you. Please note, however, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING:

–          EACH PERSON AT A RESIDENCE WHO HAS AN EMAIL ADDRESS AND MOBILE PHONE NUMBER SHOULD REGISTER INDIVIDUALLY FOR THE NAVAJO COUNTY ALERTS SINCE NOTIFICATIONS WILL THEN BE SENT TO EACH PERSON.  THIS CAN BE VERY HELPFUL IN MAKING SURE EVERYONE GETS NOTIFIED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

–          EACH PERSON WHO SIGNS UP INDIVIDUALLY AT THE COUNTY SHOULD ALSO SUPPLY THEIR EMAIL ADDRESS AND MOBILE PHONE NUMBER TO THE RISK AWARENESS COMMITTEE (RAC) AT OUR EMAIL ADDRESS (rac.wmvv@gmail.com). WE NEED THIS INFORMATIO BECAUSE AFTER THE COUNTY ALERT IS RECEIVED, THE RAC WILL THEN SEND OUT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO WMVV VIA EMAIL AND TEXT. TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR THE COMMITTEE, JUST SUPPLY THE FOLLOWING FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL WHO SIGNS UP FOR THE COUNTY ALERTS:

o   LOT NUMBER

o   NAME OF THE PERSON WHO SIGNED UP AT NAVAJO COUNTY

o   EMAIL ADDRESS

o   MOBILE PHONE NUMBER

FOR THOSE OF YOU AT THE OTHER 280 LOTS WHO HAVE NOT SIGNED UP, WE URGE YOU TO DO SO NOW. OUR ALERT SYSTEM AND EVACUATION PLAN WILL BE EFFECTIVE ONLY IF EVERYONE RECEIVES THE ALERTS AND FOLLOW-UP INFORMATION FROM THE COMMITTEE.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS ABOVE BY HAVING EACH PERSON AT A RESIDENCE SIGN UP INDIVIDUALLY AND THEN EMAIL EACH PERSON’S INFORMATION TO THE RAC AT rac.wmvv@gmail.com

Thank you for your prompt attention to this important matter.

The Risk Awareness Committee

Audible Alert System Testing

Next week the Risk Awareness Committee will be at WMVV to conduct some tests on an Audible Alert System which is planned as part of the Fire Safety Plan being developed by the committee. For anyone who will be at WMVV next week, please read the following announcement.

STARTING ON MONDAY MORNING, MARCH 15TH AND SPORADICALLY OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS  THERE WILL BE AT TIMES SOME VERY LOUD ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM SPEAKERS PLACED AROUND THE COMMUNITY. THESE ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE FOR TEST ONLY AND NO ACTION IS REQUIRED ON YOUR PART, AGAIN, THESE VERY LOUD ANNOUNCEMENTS ARE FOR TEST ONLY AND NO ACTION IS REQUIRED ON YOUR PART.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this activity, but it is necessary for the development the alert system for our very important Fire Safety Plan. We ask for your understanding and patience.

The Risk Awareness Committee

Important Fire Safety Information

The Risk Awareness Committee (RAC) was established by the Board last year to address the risk of various issues to WMVV residents. Because of the very high fire danger in the White Mountains due to the below average precipitation, high temperatures, low humidity and windy conditions, the committee decided to develop a Fire Safety Plan as its number 1 priority. Two very important aspects of the Fire Safety Plan are an Emergency Alert System and an Evacuation Plan. It was decided to develop the Fire Safety Plan around the Ready Navajo County Program and the Navajo County Emergency Notification System.

Since the Notification System is integral to the WMVV Fire Safety Plan, it is essential that ALL WMVV RESIDENTS sign up to receive notifications. See instructions below:

Go to Google and type in Ready Navajo County, then on the next screen click on Ready Navajo County, then scroll down to where it says Sign In To Your Account (since you do not yet have an account, click on Sign Up), provide the required information, then provide how you want to be contacted on the next screen (email and text recommended). Also, please read the additional information on the website about the Notification System.

Once you have signed up, please email the committee at RAC.WMVV@gmail.com and let us know you have done so.  Please include your name, lot number, street address, email address and phone number. This information will be used only by the RAC and will not be provided to anyone else. The RAC needs this information because the WMVV Fire Safety Plan (which you will receive later) requires supplemental information specific to WMVV requirements to be sent out after the initial alert is received from Navajo County.

Please Note: There will be a series of communication meetings in the spring/summer to provide more complete information on the WMVV Fire Safety Plan. It’s essential that all WMVV residents attend one of the meetings so you will be properly prepared to act in accordance with the plan. Please watch for more information about these meetings which will be provided at a later date.

Thank you for your participation in this important program.

The Risk Awareness Committee

Don Murray – Chair

Jan Billings

Bob Mcfadden

Jimmy Smith

Chuck Williamson

Fire Frequently Asked Questions

Campfire Cartoon Stock Photos And Images - 123RFIs the HOA responsible for informing residents of fire conditions?
No, it is the responsibility of residents to become aware of such conditions.

Do residents need a permit to burn in fire pits?
A permit is not required. Be sure to clear the area of any flammable debris, have a water source nearby, and make sure flames do not exceed 2 feet above the pit. The fire must be attended at all times and pit remains be cold to the touch when fire is done.

Is it okay to burn pine needles and leaves?
No, they should be discarded in the roll-off dumpsters to help cut down on unnecessary smoke and fire risk.

When would an open fire be of concern?
If it is uncontained, greater than 1’x1’x1’, and appears to be a fire danger. If those conditions exist, call 911.

What is a red flag warning?
A red flag warning is issued by the National Weather Service to let firefighting and land management agencies know that conditions are optimal for the start and spread of wildfire.

What does a red flag warning mean to me?
When a red flag warning is in effect, no outdoor burning is permitted, including in fire pits or charcoal barbeques.

For more information, or to confirm whether a red flag warning is in effect, contact the Timber Mesa Fire Department at 928-537-5100 or check out their website at timbermesafire.org

Keep alert, stay informed, use good judgement, stay safe!

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