Preparing for emergencies

Emergencies can strike at any time, but they don't have to mean disaster.  Here are some tips on how to be prepared for a few of the types of emergencies we see here in the White Mountains:

  1. COVID-19
  2. Animal Encounters
  3. Forest Fires
  4. Hiking/ Camping Emergencies
  5. Snow/ Winter Weather

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Important Updates - 4.01.20

As promised, we want to keep you updated on the latest news and information related to the COVID-19 crisis. This information includes the latest developments over the last 24 hours.  


  • As of this morning, Arizona has 1,413 confirmed COVID-19 cases, an increase of 124 since yesterday. Navajo County has 102 confirmed cases, an increase of 11 since yesterday. We learned this morning that Summit Healthcare has confirmed its first positive COVID-19 test. The patient is a resident of Navajo County and has been transitioned to a facility in Phoenix.  Any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed through this case will be contacted directly by public health officials. If you have not been contacted by public health officials, your risk of exposure to this case is extremely limited. You can read the full announcement from Navajo County and Summit Healthcare here.
  • As you may be aware, The White House and the Center for Disease Control had been promoting their "15 Days To Slow the Spread" campaign. It included the President’s recommendations on what all Americans could do to help control the spread of COVID-19. Earlier this week, the President expanded the campaign to 30 days. We have updated the flyer and you can find it below.
  • Piggybacking on that, we have been receiving a number of questions and concerns about why certain businesses can remain open that may or may not be classified as "essential." We know that the Governor Ducey’s executive order defining "essential services" is very broad and by the letter of the law, some of our local businesses technically qualify because they may sell a single item that is listed as an essential supply. I implore every local business to do some serious soul searching and ask themselves if they truly offer an essential service. We all have a moral obligation to do the right thing and close if our service or bulk of the products we sell truly are not essential. By remaining open, you are putting the health and well-being of your employees, customers and our community at risk. We need to face the fact that COVID-19 is present in our community, whether there have been positive test results or not. One constant message we’ve heard from nearly everyone in the community is that we are all in this together and if we work together, we will get through this. Please, do your part. It may be painful in the immediate future, but in the long run, your decision will help us emerge and thrive again sooner rather than later. Thank you!
  • The Arizona Commerce Authority hosted a webinar this morning to help Arizona businesses impacted by COVID-19 understand the resources and aid available to them. If you didn’t get to watch the webinar, you can view the presentation materials here.
  • We realize that the COVID-19 crisis is at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now. But, I want to assure you that the important work of our Town staff continues. With that in mind, today is Census Day and we encourage you to take part in this important process. Please take a look at the Census video below and visit to be counted. It is 100 percent confidential and takes just 10 minutes to complete. And, we encourage you to make Pinetop-Lakeside your official place of residence. Part-time residents who own a second home in our community can choose to be counted here. Being counted is critical in determining how much funding we will receive for roads, schools, parks, public safety, etc. 
  • Finally, as you know 2020 is an election year, including for the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. We’ve included some important information about this year’s election, which you can find below.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unchartered waters. We know this is probably the most difficult time our town has ever experienced. With your help, we will get through this and emerge even stronger.

Thank you,

Keith Johnson
Town Manager