Hatch FloodHatch Flood,August 2006Floodwaters breachedan arroyoHatch and other DonaAna County floods •Costs: $20 billion •Including county’s dams and stormwater facilities repair costs
USDA Designates Seven Countiesin New Mexico as Primary Natural August 14, 2009 Disaster Areas• Counties with primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought and high winds that occurred after October 1, 2008: – Chaves, Eddy, Lincoln, Roosevelt, DeBaca, Lea, and Otero• Farm operators in the these counties in New Mexico also qualify for natural disaster benefits due to their neighboring status: – Curry, Guadalupe, Sierra, Torrence, Dona Ana, Quay, and Socorro
The Bear FireGila NationalForest, July 3, 2006•Two-weekfire• Burned51,307 acresof mixedconifer
Emergency Preparedness at Home1. Find Out What Disasters Could Happen to You2. Create a Disaster Plan3. Put Your Plan into Action4. Keeping Your Plan Current
1. Possible Disasters• Research what types of disasters are most likely to happen in your area.• Find out about your community’s warning signals – what they sound like – what you should do when you hear them.• Learn which radio stations will provide emergency information for your area.
Possible Disasters Types of disasters and preparations:• Earthquake • Thunderstorms and• Extreme Heat Lightning• Fire • Tornado• Flood • Wildfire• Hazardous Materials • Winter Storms and Extreme• Household Hazardous Cold Waste Emergency • Pandemic Influenza• Terrorism • Other: Landslide and – Explosions, Biological Volcanoes Threats, Nuclear Blast, Chemical Threats, Radioactive Fallout, Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP), Radiological Dispersion Device.
2. Create a Disaster Plan• Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Discuss – The types of disasters that could happen – Explain what to do in each case• Make two evacuation plans 1. Specific to your home 2. If your entire neighborhood is affected• Have an action plan for your pets• Contact an out of area relative or friend to be your “family contact.” – Explain to them their responsibility
3. Put Your Plan into Action• Post emergency telephone numbers by all telephones• Teach children how and when to call 911 for help• Create your home emergency supply kit• Find safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.• Determine the best escape routes from your home – find two ways out of each room• Ensure smoke detectors on each level of your home• Keep NFPA approved general purpose dry chemical type household fire extinguisher• Check for adequate insurance coverage• Take photos or videotape your home and belongings• Take a first aid and CPR class
Emergency Supply Kit• Water: Drinking and • Battery-powered radio sanitation. • Flashlight – 1 gallon/person/day • Batteries: for radio and flashlight• Food • First Aid kit – Lasts for a long time • Whistle – Manual can opener • Dust mask – Eating & drinking utensils. • Moist towelettes. E.g. baby• Medication – 1 year wipes• Warmth – a sleeping bag or • Basic tools: Wrench or pliers warm blanket for each person. • Plastic sheeting and duct tape• Special Items – Pack infant • Good walking shoes formula, bottles, diapers, baby • Garbage bags food, pet food, feminine hygiene • Plastic sheeting and duct tape supplies, comfort items, books, paper, pens, and other forms of entertainment.
Important Family DocumentsKeep these records in a fireproof & waterproof container:• Will, Insurance • Passports, Social Policies, Security• Contracts, Deeds, Sto Cards, Immunization cks and Bonds Records• Bank Account • Credit Card Account Numbers Numbers and• Inventory of Valuable Companies Goods • Family Records• Important Telephone (birth, marriage, and Numbers death certificates)
4. Keeping Your Plan Current• Practice, practice, practice – review your plan once a month.• Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.• Test and recharge your fire extinguishers according to manufacturer’s instructions.• Test your smoke detectors monthly – change the batteries every six months, when the time changes.• Replace emergency supply kit stored water and food every six months.