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 - 7.2.20

Dear neighbors, friends, and visitors,

It is hard to believe we are halfway through 2020 and quickly approaching Independence Day.  In many ways 2020 has been the longest year any of us have faced and in other ways, it has flown by.  I would like to thank all of you who are doing your part to keep us all safe and healthy either by staying home and/or wearing a face covering when you are out and about.  It was not an easy decision to recommend face masks, but when weighing the health of our community versus the minor inconvenience, it just simply makes sense.  I commend all our businesses who are stepping up to provide the safest possible experience for all of us when we visit them. I would like to remind you that if you are not comfortable being away from your home, our restaurants still have takeout options for your dining pleasure.

We are so fortunate that we have such a beautiful place to spend our time and I encourage you all to remember the blessings that you have in your lives – family, friends, community and the great outdoors.  We live in an amazing country with many freedoms and advantages, so as we celebrate Independence Day, I ask you to be safe and stay healthy. I have confidence that the resilience of the American people will get us through this together.

Stephanie Irwin, Mayor
Town of Pinetop-Lakeside


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 since our update Tuesday.

  • As of this morning, Arizona has 87,245 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 8,030 since Tuesday. Navajo County has 3,744 confirmed cases, an increase of 119. Of those 3,744 cases, 574 are confirmed to be off tribal lands and 367 of those individuals have been released from isolation, meaning they have been symptom-free for at least 72 hours or it has been 10 days since testing and are no longer being monitored as an active case by Public Health Nurses.
  • As a reminder, last Wednesday, Mayor Stephanie Irwin issued a proclamation requiring the use of face coverings in the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside. The goal of that proclamation is to increase the use of face coverings. The police department is not responsible for enforcement of the proclamation, so please do not call 9-1-1 or our dispatch center. Instead, please contact Town Hall at 928-368-8696 if you have questions. You can read the full proclamation here.
  • Please be advised that all Town facilities, with the exception of the Visitor Center, will be closed tomorrow in observance of Independence Day. This includes Town Hall. The Visitor Center will be open tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon. As always, it will be closed Sunday. The Town’s Collection Center will be closed tomorrow and Saturday, but will be open Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Finally, on behalf of Mayor Stephanie Irwin, Vice Mayor Jerry Smith, the Town Council and the staff of the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, please accept our best wishes for a happy and safe 4th of July weekend. Our celebrations will be very different this year, but we can’t forget the spirit behind the holiday. Despite all of the challenges our community and nation are facing right now, we are still blessed to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Have a great weekend and God Bless America! Our next update will be Tuesday.

Keith Johnson

Town Manager

You can view the full email HERE.