Residents encouraged to be ready, alert and informed

Laura Swan

The Bisbee Observer

Lindsay Koehler, a volunteer for Old Bisbee Firewise, teamed up with Cochise County Public Information Officer Camila Rochin and Kimberly Mitchell of Cochise County Health and Social Services Public Health Emergency Preparedness to get the word out about being prepared, staying informed and alerted in emergency situations at the Bisbee Senior Center Monday afternoon.

Koehler discussed being prepared in case of a fire or emergency. She offered tips to the audience including having a “GO” bag ready in case you must vacate your property in a hurry. Kohler suggested including things such as copies of insurance policies, important legal documents, your passport and driver’s license and charger for your phone. She also suggested having a list of things you need to grab in a hurry including your wallet, phone and laptop. She then recommended creating a defensible space around your property. For more tips and information about Old Bisbee Firewise go to

Rochin urged those in attendance to sign up for the county’s alert system from AlertSense. An alert system in place that allows the county to send you emergency alerts via text message, email, pager, or voice call. The service allows fire, police and other emergency response agencies to issue emergency alerts to warn citizens of events such as severe weather, fire, flooding, hazardous materials, need for immediate evacuation, civil danger, local area emergencies, and missing persons. To sign up for AlertSense go to….read full story (online subscribers only)

Planner resigns, city searching for replacement

Laura Swan

The Bisbee Observer

The Bisbee City Planner hired last year has submitted his letter of resignation effective June 1.

Planner Doug Taylor delivered his resignation letter to City Manager Stephen Pauken which was dated March 14 tendering his resignation.

Taylor stated in the letter, “I have given this decision a lot of thought and have decided to tender my resignation. Working with you has been fantastic. I remember in my offer phone call you said you were retired too and didn’t need the money, and that you were going to get things done, that’s when I knew this was the right place for me and we have gotten a lot done….read full story (online subscribers only)

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