New Mexico is still expected to have a dry, “La Niña” winter following the 2022 monsoon season which regenerated grasses and other vegetation. There are many resources available to learn about Living with Wildfire and Ready, Set, Go!
Resolve to be Ready
- Sign up for county-level or local emergency alerts and warnings. Download the FEMA app or check with your city or county government to see if they have an alert and notification system in place.
- Make an emergency plan: choose a safe place to meet, learn evacuation routes, and establish an out-of-town contact.
- Take a current photo of you and your pet(s) together in case you get separated during a disaster.
- Get to know your neighbors and invite them to be a part of your emergency plan.
- Snap photos of important documents and save them in a secure place or online.
- Set up group text lists so you can communicate with friends and family during emergencies.
- Take a class in CPR and first aid.
- Keep and update emergency supplies, including cash.
- Have back-up power sources available to charge devices in case of a power outage.
- Check your insurance for coverage on disasters like wildfire and floods. Snap pictures of your property for insurance purposes.
- Save for a rainy day. Start and grow your emergency fund. Financially prepare for the new year. Find out how with the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit at ready.gov/financial-preparedness.
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