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  • 04/28/2016 6:23 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         NOAA has updated today's weather conditions to "red flag" status for a significant portion (including the EM) of NM, starting at 1 pm, and lasting until 7 pm this evening. Predictions of high winds, low relative humidity, and high Haines values (a measure of atmospheric instability) characterize today's weather. The complete discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red%20flag%20warning.

     

         We recommend that you bookmark the following two web sites: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/, and http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=forecasts-fireweather-dss. These two sites should be reviewed daily as you prepare for work. They are invaluable planning tools, and allow you to keep your situational awareness focused.

     

         EMIFPA always encourages you to stay engaged and prepared for the potential wildfire disaster in our region. Remember, if you see or smell smoke, always call 911 immediately. Report it, don't ignore it!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 04/25/2016 6:21 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         EMIFPA is hosting the second Tijeras Library meeting this Thursday, April 28th, from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm in the east meeting room. On the agenda: Wildfire updates - local, regional and national; Fire weather outlook for 2016 - update; Wildfire season outlook - update; Ready.gov preparedness information - review and implementation. We are early in our wildfire season. Come find out what the experts are thinking this year about what will happen. Get some excellent preparedness information so you can be ready if we should experience disaster.

     

         In closing and as always, EMIFPA encourages you to stay engaged and prepared for a potential wildfire disaster in our region. Remember, if you see or smell smoke, always call 911 immediately. Report it, don't ignore it!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 04/24/2016 6:20 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         NOAA has updated "red flag" conditions. They are showing today from 12 noon until 8 pm and now Monday from 1 pm until 9 pm for "red flag" conditions in the EM region. Wind speeds of 20-30+, and gusts into the 40s, as well as RH levels from 7 - 15 per cent both days. The complete discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red%20flag%20warning

     

         We recommend that you bookmark the following two web sites: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/, and http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=forecasts-fireweather-dss. These two sites should be reviewed daily as you prepare for work. They are invaluable planning tools, and allow you to keep your situational awareness focused.

     

         EMIFPA always encourages you to stay engaged and prepared for the potential wildfire disaster in our region. Remember, if you see or smell smoke, always call 911 immediately. Report it, don't ignore it!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 04/23/2016 6:19 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         The NOAA Meteorologist's level of confidence that we will have dangerous wildfire weather conditions develop in the EM has risen to the " red flag" status for tomorrow, Sunday, April 24th. These conditions will endure from 12 noon until 8 pm. Remember, "red flag" conditions are characterized by high winds, above average temperatures, and very low relative humidity. These conditions can exist at any fire danger level, and we recently moved to the "High" fire danger level in the EM forests. The complete forecast discussion is here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red%20flag%20warning.

     

         We recommend that you bookmark the following two web sites: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/, and http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=forecasts-fireweather-dss. These two sites should be reviewed daily as you prepare for work. They are invaluable planning tools, and allow you to keep your situational awareness focused.

     

         You don't want to miss this one!! The Sandia Park Scenic Byway Firewise Community is hosting a Fire Fair to help residents prepare for fire season. This will be May 7th, from 10:30 -12 noon at the Vista Grande Community Center. This is a comprehensive session, with multiple sources of helpful information, from local emergency responder agencies to private groups. Best part of the event: first graders from San Antonito Elementary School will be making a special presentation about helpful fire safety tips. Bring the family - there will be a forestry craft table for the kids. A great way to keep the youngsters engaged while you gather valuable wildfire safety information.

     

         EMIFPA always encourages you to stay engaged and prepared for the potential wildfire disaster in our homeland. Remember, if you see or smell smoke, always call 911 immediately. Report it, don't ignore it!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 04/22/2016 6:18 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         NOAA has issued a "fire weather watch" forecast for the EM region from Sunday afternoon until early evening. Since April 5th, we have had a welcome respite from significant fire weather conditions. Back to reality! The complete forecast discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=fire%20weather%20watch.

     

         We recommend that you bookmark the following two web sites: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/, and http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=forecasts-fireweather-dss. These two sites should be reviewed daily as you prepare for work. They are invaluable planning tools, and allow you to keep your situational awareness focused.

     

         The Sandia Park Scenic Byway Firewise Community is hosting a Fire Fair to help residents prepare for fire season. This will be May 7th, from 10:30 -12 noon at the Vista Grande Community Center. This is a comprehensive session, with multiple sources of helpful information, from local emergency responder agencies to private groups. Best part of the event: first graders from San Antonito Elementary School will be making a special presentation about helpful fire safety tips. Bring the family - there will be a forestry craft table for the kids. A great way to keep the youngsters engaged while you gather valuable wildfire safety information.

     

         EMIFPA always encourages you to stay engaged and prepared for the potential wildfire disaster in our homeland. Remember, if you see or smell smoke, always call 911 immediately. Report it, don't ignore it!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 04/14/2016 4:42 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EMCOC Board Meeting 04/07/2016

    Bob Britain, Bob, Burt Almy, Angie Gallegos

    Meeting began 12:45


    Discussed possible hiring of Gail Rossi
        -commission on acquiring new memberships
        -$30 on regular membership
        -$40 on advanced
        -voted to offer job to Gail
            -passed 4-0

    Discussed gift for Julie
        -$100 gift card as thank you for service

    Speaker Ideas for future
        -Fire Department
        -Sierra Blanca Brewery
        -Discussed asking businesses that aren't members to present in an effort to get them to join

    Adjourn 1:15


  • 04/14/2016 4:33 PM | Nancy Carpenter
    EMCOC Meeting 04/07/2016


    Meeting began 11:45

    Introduction of those present

    Speaker-Karen Takai, Homeland Security
        -go to ready.gov for information on emergency planning for your business
        -She is willing to have a class on how to make a plan

    Speaker-John Helmich, EMIFPA
        -potential for large fires this season in the East Mountain Area
        -Fire season now until July 11, 2016

    Treasurer’s report

    Adjourn at 12:35

  • 04/04/2016 7:43 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         The confidence of the NOAA meteorologists in their forecast for tomorrow has allowed them to change the outlook for tomorrow's weather from "fire weather watch" to "red flag" conditions. The complete weather discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=fire weather watch. These are the highest wildfire danger warnings that we see during fire season, and we recommend that you use them as planning tools for disaster preparedness. You may have noticed that we are now posting "fire weather watch" warnings as well as the "red flag" warnings. Because the NOAA meteorologists have educated us better regarding these warnings and their meanings, we feel that the reasons for making these posts (be prepared) are as important for residents as they are for first responders. We apologise for the increase in numbers of emails hitting your inbox.

     

         We recommend that you bookmark the following two web sites: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/, and http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=forecasts-fireweather-dss. These two sites should be reviewed daily as you prepare for work. They are invaluable planning tools, and allow you to keep your situational awareness focused.

     

         Two things stand out about the weather watches and warnings that we are seeing over the past weeks. One, they are occurring with weekly regularity. Two, the duration of the "red flag" warning over the course of the designated day is increasing. These are clear indicators that we are in the midst of our wildfire season, and that you need to be vigilant as well as prepared. Remember, if you see or smell smoke, always call 911 immediately. Report it, don't ignore it!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM

  • 03/29/2016 8:08 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

        This Thursday EMIFPA will be starting the 2016 monthly Tijeras Library Series. This program is held the last Thursday of each month, with the last program in October. We will conduct hour long interactive sessions on special interest topics. The first one of the season (Thursday, March 31, 5:30 - 6:30 pm) will focus on two main issues: 2016 Fire Season Outlook, and 2016 Fire Weather Outlook.

     

         We encourage you to join us. These sessions are small and friendly. All questions are considered. No questions are unimportant. No questions go unanswered. But we will try to keep these programs focused on the topics of the night. If you have any questions that are not answered at the meeting (or at any time), feel free to contact us at our email address: bhelmich@flash.net. If we are unable to accurately respond, we will make every effort to find a responsible and reliable source to help you.

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM

  • 03/28/2016 8:09 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

        After our breather, we are looking at a tough 3 day stretch. NOAA has forecast "red flag" for today (from 1 pm until 8 pm), tomorrow (Tuesday, from 12 noon until 9 pm) and "fire weather watch" for Wednesday afternoon until evening. The complete discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red%20flag%20warning

     

         When you are using the NOAA sites linked below, use them as preparedness planning tools. The first is a the link to the local NOAA web site: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/.  The second allows you to track the progress of "red flag" conditions as they progress over the course of a day, an important means of maintaining your wildfire situational awareness: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=forecasts-fireweather-dss. When using this particular page, remember that the difference between the green and the red areas can be as little as 1 degree in temperature, 1% in relative humidity, or 1 mph in wind speed separating these zones. Do not relax just because your home site is in the green. Conditions can be still very dangerous where you live!

     

         EMIFPA recommends the following to be followed during these conditions: NO CAMPFIRES, NO SMOKING OUTSIDE, NO WELDING. Please be safe! Our EM is a area that we all love and appreciate. We do not want to see a disaster in our backyard. Your unwavering attention can help prevent this from happening. Remember, if you see or smell smoke, always call 911 immediately. Report it, don't ignore it!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM

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