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 - 5.20.20

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 since our update Monday.

  • As of this morning, Arizona has 14,897 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 727 since Monday. Navajo County has 1,361 confirmed cases, an increase of 76. Of those 1,361 cases, 149 are confirmed to be off tribal lands and 85 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. It’s important to note that as testing capacity in Arizona has increased, the number of confirmed cases has increased as well. However, the percentage of positive test cases has continued to drop and is now 5.8 percent. That is a good sign that the effort to Slow the Spread is working. 
  • The 2020 U.S. Census is hiring right here in Pinetop-Lakeside. Once operations for the  2020 Census resume, they will need workers to fulfill the Constitutional duty of completing the Census. Census data helps communities thrive. You can help ensure our town is fully counted by applying for a Census job at

Please do your part to continue safe physical distancing practices and follow proper hygiene measures. Your efforts are paying off!

Keith Johnson
Town Manager

You can view the full email HERE.