Getting information about ongoing disaster recovery operations in New Mexico is as simple as following state and federal emergency management agencies on Twitter and/or visiting their websites.
The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (NM DHSEM) provides response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness information online at www.nmdhsem.org/. DHSEM is the state’s homeland security and emergency management agency. The agency works to identify and lessen the impacts of emergencies, disasters and threats to New Mexico by developing effective prevention, preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery actions for all disasters and emergencies.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) not only provides information on www.fema.gov, but creates a disaster-specific website whenever there is a federal declaration. Information on the Oct. 6 declaration and subsequent amendment on Oct. 24 for July 27-Aug. 5 floods can be found at www.fema.gov/disaster/4197. Click on www.fema.gov/disaster/4199 to locate information about a second declaration, approved on Oct. 29 for Sept. 15- 26 flooding.
In addition to the websites, New Mexicans can get information from NMDHSEM and FEMA by following both agencies on Twitter. The NMDHSEM twitter site at https://twitter.com/NMDHSEM has nearly 3,500 followers, while the FEMA Region 6 twitter site at https://twitter.com/femaregion6 has more than 10,000 followers. Both Twitter sites deliver news about response and recovery operations, ongoing preparedness campaigns, mitigation practices, safety measures, hazard alerts and other crucial information.
You can become a NMDHSEM and FEMA Region 6 Twitter follower in just four easy steps:
- You will need a Twitter account. If you don’t have one yet, follow the instructions on www.Twitter.com to create one.
- Once you have your Twitter account, sign in and in the search box, type in “NMDHSEM” or “femaregion6.”
- At DHSEM or femaregion6, click on the “Follow” box.
- Receive daily tweets and re-tweet to your followers when you can.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.