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Immediate Release March 19, 2021 State announces transition to new COVID-19 vaccination phases All of phases 1B and 1C are now eligible for vaccine SANTA FE-- The New Mexico Department of Health on Friday announced that all New Mexicans in phases...
Media Contact: Charlie MooreCharlie.Moore@state.nm.us (505) 670-5406 March 18, 2021 Personal Income Tax deadline extended until May 17Department also issues guidance on exemption of some unemployment benefits The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue...
Individuals aged 75 or older in need of registering for Covid-19 Vaccinations, please contact the City of Española Emergency Manager at 505.747.6093 or 505.747.6066.We will assist in placing your name on the list for Española Presbyterian Hospital...
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New Mexicans are advised to monitor weather conditions with the help of the NWS at weather.gov and road conditions by dialing the New Mexico Road Advisory Hotline at 5-1-1 or by visiting nmroads.com. DHSEM also advises New Mexicans to consider the following safety measures:
Before a flood:
• Make a plan for your household, including your pets, so that you and your family know what to do, where to go, and what you will need to protect yourselves from flooding. Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
• Gather supplies, including three gallons of water, a first aid kit, a stock of food that requires no cooking or refrigeration, a battery-operated radio, flashlights, extra batteries, necessary medications, and a back-up power source.
• Purchase or renew flood insurance. Homeowner’s insurance typically does not cover flooding. Information on flood insurance through The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is available at floodsmart.gov. While there is usually a 30-day waiting period for an NFIP insurance policy to go into effect, this wait may be waived in the event of flooding after a wildfire.
During a flood:
• Evacuate immediately, if told to evacuate. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
• Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
• Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
After a flood:
• Avoid driving except in emergencies.
• Wear heavy work gloves, protective clothing, and boots during clean up, and use appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris.
• Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. Turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock if it is safe to do so.
• Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
Residents can also contact local emergency managers for help obtaining sandbags – a simple but effective tool for diverting flood waters around buildings. In recent months, DHSEM has delivered more than 400,000 sandbags across the state. Detailed instructions from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for filling and placing sandbags are available here.
Lastly, residents who have been affected by severe flooding can contact the American Red Cross of New Mexico for emergency support and recovery planning at 1-800-842-7349.