EMIFPA is holding our July Tijeras Public Library Series meeting this coming Thursday, July 28th. The meeting will be in the Tijeras Public Library Community Room from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. The agenda includes fire weather season outlook, wildfire season outlook, and finally, "After the Fire", addressing issues and concerns of EM residents following the recent Dog Head Fire. Leading this portion of the meeting will be Eliza Kretzmann, lead author of the "After Wildfire" guide linked below. Eliza works for the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department of New Mexico, of which NM State Forestry is a division.
Eliza sent us the following links to important web sites. All contain critical information concerning the post fire environment. First is "After Wildfire" - http://afterwildfirenm.org/, next is the "Who Can Help" section of this link -http://afterwildfirenm.org/who-can-help, another important section - http://afterwildfirenm.org/who-can-help/emotional-support-wildfire, and finally Financial Tips - http://afterwildfirenm.org/financial-tips/tips-for-individuals. We recommend that you check out the complete guide, since there is much more than these highlighted sections to investigate.
Another important resource is FloodSmart.gov - https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/. We advise you to thoroughly check out this resource. The monsoon is (still) coming, so be prepared. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home/) and Edgewood Soil and Water Conservation District (http://www.eswcd.org/home/) have joined forces in planning and designing projects to help in the area affected by the Dog Head Fire. Contact (505-832-1111) at the Soil and Water Conservation District for more information on this effort.
EMIFPA advises all residents to be aware, be prepared, and be self reliant. Fire conditions in our area are presently "high". As always, Report It, Don't Ignore It! If you see or smell smoke, call 911 immediately.
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