FIRE SAFETY PLAN – Clarification on Signing up for email and text alerts

There seems to be some confusion about how to sign up for alerts. The procedure is:

STEP 1 – SIGN UP FOR NAVAJO COUNTY ALERTS

§  Go to google and type in “Ready Navajo County”

§  On the next screen, click on Ready Navajo County

§  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

§  On the next screen provide how you want to be contacted (email and text highly recommended)

§  Read the additional information on the website about the notification system

STEP 2 – SIGN UP FOR WMVV ALERTS

§  After completing Step 1

§  Send an email to the committee at rac.wmvv@gmail.com

§  Include the following information in your email

o   Last Name, First Name

o   Mobile phone number

o   Street address

o   Lot number

Note 1: The RA Committee does not sign you up for the Navajo County Alerts. You must do this as shown above under Step 1. The Committee will make sure you receive WMVV alerts when you complete Step 2 with all the information requested. This information is for internal use only and will not be provided to anyone else.

Note 2: It is highly recommended that each individual at each lot sign up for both email and text alerts. This will make sure everyone receives both Navajo County and WMVV email and text alerts whether they are at the lot or not.

Note 3: If you have completed both Steps 1 and 2, thank you and you do not have to do anything. If you have previously sent an email to rac.wmvv@gmail.com but did not sign up at Navajo County first, start over and complete both steps 1 and 2.

The RA Committee thanks all of you who have signed up for the alert system.

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