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  • 03/25/2016 8:11 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

        It has been a tough week, and it is not over. But this is what our wildfire season looks like. Now is not the time to become complacent. We all need each other working together so we can protect our EM environment.

     

         This morning NOAA updated today's forecast from "fire weather watch" to "red flag" status from 12 noon until 7 pm this evening. Additionally, Saturday is now predicted to be "fire weather watch" status. The complete discussion can be viewed here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red%20flag%20warning. The Saturday forecast should be viewed as an early warning that conditions will continue to be very dangerous, and to not let your guard down.

     

         NOAA meteorologist Brent Wachter explained the difference between "fire weather watch" and "red flag" conditions to us. Essentially, they are the same except the NOAA forecaster's level of confidence in their prediction, and the "watch" forecast is done further in advance of the "red flag" prediction so emergency services (and you) can have an earlier notification to pay attention and be prepared. Be ready to see the "watch" warning shift to "red flag" later today or early tomorrow.

     

         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 .

     

         Work on your preparedness planning. We recommend you review your disaster check list. If you don't have one, contact us and we will send you a copy. The check list is also on our web site, linked below.  Even if you do not have all the items on the checklist complete, it is useful to review it regularly. Remember, maintain your vigilance, and as always, report it, don't ignore it - always call 911 first!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM

  • 03/24/2016 8:12 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

        By now you are probably deleting any message that has EMIFPA in the address header. Mother Nature does not care! We know that you are sick of the weather we have been having for the past several days. Mother Nature does not care! If you see one more "fire weather watch" or "red flag" warning from us, you are going to take yourself of this mailing list. Mother Nature does not care! That being said, guess what? "Fire weather watch" warning has been issued for tomorrow (Friday) from mid-day until early evening.

     

         NOAA meteorologist Brent Wachter explained the difference between "fire weather watch" and "red flag" conditions to us. Essentially, they are the same except the NOAA forecaster's level of confidence in their prediction, and the "watch" forecast is done further in advance of the "red flag" prediction so emergency services (and you) can have an earlier notification to pay attention and be prepared. Be ready to see the "watch" warning shift to "red flag" later today or early tomorrow.

     

         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 .

     

         Work on your preparedness planning. We recommend you review your disaster check list. If you don't have one, contact us and we will send you a copy. The check list is also on our web site, linked below.  Even if you do not have all the items on the checklist complete, it is useful to review it regularly. Remember, maintain your vigilance, and as always, report it, don't ignore it - always call 911 first!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM

  • 03/23/2016 8:13 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         The "fire weather watch" forecast was updated this morning to "red flag" conditions from 11 am until 8 pm this evening. The complete forecast discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red%20flag%20warning. "Red flag" forecasts are characterized by high winds, low relative humidity, and above average temperatures. This is the second consecutive day of "red flag" conditions, a significant 'watch out' weather event.

     

         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 .

     

         Work on your preparedness planning. We recommend you review your disaster check list. If you don't have one, contact us and we will send you a copy. The check list is also on our web site, linked below.  Even if you do not have all the items on the checklist complete, it is useful to review it regularly. Remember, maintain your vigilance, and as always, report it, don't ignore it - always call 911 first!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM

  • 03/22/2016 12:01 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         Elevated wildfire conditions are expected to continue tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23rd. A "fire weather watch" remains in effect for the EM for tomorrow afternoon until evening. The discussion is linked here:http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=fire%20weather%20watch. Please note that we are Fire Zone 107. There are many zones indicated in the discussion, so make sure you follow Zone 107 (listed as NMZ107).

     

         We are expanding our understanding of the differences between "fire weather watches" and "red flags" under the tutelage of NOAA meteorologist Brent Wachter, and we will continue to pass this information on to you, the EM resident. As he has explained, many factors determine if one or the other is called. Be aware that only minor differences can determine one from the other, and both conditions are a "heads up, be prepared" environment. If you are utilizing the fire weather situational awareness page (linked below) to track "red flag" conditions over the course of the day, you will notice how "red flag" conditions spread across the area over time. 

     

         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 .

     

         Wednesday is another day this week to maintain a heightened level of weather awareness. Remember, maintain your vigilance, check your preparedness status, and as always, report it, don't ignore it - always call 911 first!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM

  • 03/21/2016 11:03 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         This morning NOAA updated Tuesday's and Wednesday's weather. Tuesday is now predicted to be under "red flag" conditions from 11 am until 12 midnight. Wednesday is now predicted to be "fire weather watch" conditions from 12 noon until 8 pm. Very strong winds are also predicted Tuesday, gusting up to 70 mph. Winds will remain strong into Wednesday. The complete discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red%20flag%20warning

    http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red%20flag%20warning

     

         "Fire weather watch" conditions are only one level below the more dangerous "red flag" conditions. As NOAA meteorologist Brent Wachter has stated, the difference between "fire weather watch" and "red flag" conditions can be as little as 1 degree in temperature, or 1 per cent in relative humidity. The fuel moisture levels are already trending lower area wide, and our frequent winds have accelerated this process.  

     

         A reminder of what "red flag" means:  A "red flag" warning is a short term, temporary warning indicating the presence of dangerous combinations of temperature, wind, relative humidity, fuel or drought conditions which can contribute to new fires or rapid spread of existing fires. "Red flag" warnings can be issued at any Fire Danger level (we are currently in the "Moderate" Fire Danger level).   EMIFPA recommends the following items to be followed during these conditions: NO CAMPFIRES, NO SMOKING OUTSIDE, NO WELDING.

     

         When you are using the NOAA sites linked below, keep in mind the above admonitions. 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 .

     

         Please maintain your vigilance, check your preparedness status, and as always, report it, don't ignore it - always call 911 first!!

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 03/17/2016 2:32 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         Bernalillo County has announced the first free Green Waste Days of 2016. This will take place from April 2 through April 17, 2016. All loads have to be delivered to the EM Transfer Station between 8 am and 4 pm, and all loads MUST be covered.

     

         EMIFPA welcomes this opportunity to help you work on your defensible space projects. But, we caution all EM residents that we are in high fire danger conditions. Please take all necessary precautions when doing projects using chain saws and other gas powered tools. Do not do any projects on "red flag" days. The fuel moisture of our forests are becoming dangerously low. Coupled with low humidity, high winds, and above average temperatures, a careless spark can have catastrophic consequences. Check the NOAA web site (http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/) daily before you start any defensible space project that uses tools having spark potential.

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 03/15/2016 9:08 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         The EM region forecast has now been revised to "red flag" status. As of 3:09 this morning, NOAA revisited yesterday's forecast and our area is now in extreme fire danger. The revised weather discussion is linked here: http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=abq&wwa=red flag warning. When you are using the fire situational map linked below, bear in mind that the words from NOAA meteorologist Brent Wachter still apply if you do not find your specific area covered by "red flag" as you review the graphics. He explained that the difference between "red flag" areas and those "in the green" could be as minimal as one degree in temperature or one percent in relative humidity when NOAA creates these graphics. The fuel moistures (fire danger rating levels are determined by these) are trending down, the other factors involved in "red flag" conditions (RH, wind speed, temperatures) will all be close to if not above the trigger point for "red flag" or high fire danger. Please maintain your vigilance, check your preparedness status, and as always, report it, don't ignore it - always call 911 first!!

     

    Here are two important internet sites that you can use revisit fire weather conditions during the day. 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 the day, an important means of maintaining your wildfire situational awareness: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=forecasts-fireweather-dss .

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 03/14/2016 9:05 PM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         The EM region will be in "fire weather watch" conditions tomorrow. NOAA rates these conditions just below "red flag", and they should be considered nearly as dangerous. NOAA meteorologist Brent Wachter explained that the difference could be as minimal as one degree in temperature or one percent in relative humidity. The fuel moistures (fire danger rating levels are determined by these) are trending down, the other factors involved in "red flag" conditions (RH, wind speed, temperatures) will all be close to if not above the trigger point for "red flag" or high fire danger in our area. Please maintain your vigilance, check your preparedness status, and as always, report it, don't ignore it - always call 911 first!!

     

    Here are two important internet sites that you can use to track fire weather conditions. 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 the day, an important means of maintaining your wildfire situational awareness: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/abq/?n=forecasts-fireweather-dss .

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 03/08/2016 11:16 AM | Nancy Carpenter

    EM Residents,

     

         We have had requests for information on specifically two types of products: spray gel or foam fire retardant, and heat reflective film for windows. The following are links to information regarding these products. We do not recommend any specific product, so this is information intended for you to explore and utilize for your preparedness options. Thanks Dushan for your research on this!

     

    Gels/Retardants

     

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_retardant - this is an explanation of these products

     

    http://www.consumerfireproducts.com/foam-gels-and-fire-retardant.html

    http://firebreakpro.com/wildfire-protection-systems

    http://www.flameseal.com/wildfire-fire-retardants/fx-wf_wildfire_fire-retardant/

    http://www.coloradofirebreak.com/fire-retardant-spray-systems/

     

    Reflective Window Covering products

     

    RadiantGUARD® Ultima-foil Radiant Barrier Foil Insulation (500 square feet roll) U-500-B $94 on Amazon — rating 4.7* — blocks 97%

     

    ARMA FOIL - 51" x 118' (500 sq ft) — blocks 95% — Amazon rating 4.8* $70 + $15 (S&H) from https://www.energyefficientsolutions.com/ARMAFOIL.asp

     

    Super R Diamond Radiant Barrier 1000 sq.ft Perforated $71.50 + $4.50 (S&H) on Amazon — rating 4.9*http://www.enerflexfoil.com/products.aspx

     

    Enerflex Radiant Barrier Roll http://www.enerflexfoil.com/products.aspx $136 for 10 rolls (480 sq ft)

     

    500 sqft (4ft x 125ft) of NASA TECH Commercial Grade SOLID Non Perforated, No Tear, Green Energy, Radiant Barrier, Reflective Insulation Attic Foil Roof Attic House Wrap SCIF RIFD — by AES — blocks 97% $60 + $4.50 (S&H) from Amazon

     

    John Helmich

    EMIFPA Community Education Outreach Coordinator

     

    EMIFPA web site

     

    EMIFPA Facebook site

     

    Twitter: @EMIFPA_NM


  • 03/03/2016 4:05 PM | Nancy Carpenter
    East Mountain Chamber
    March 3, 2016 General Meeting


    Minutes by Tamne Robinson, Secretary


    12:46 A.M. Thursday, 3 March 2016 meeting called to order by President Nancy Carpenter.


    Pledge of Allegiance was recited and all members asked to silence cell phones.


    Member introductions or members present at meeting:


    Nancy Carpenter, Automated Systems Inc, Chamber President


    Bob Brittian, Creative Concepts, Member at Large


    Bert Almy, Almy and Associates, Member at Large


    Kara Shug, Remax Pros, Past Chamber V.P.


    George Jasielski, Appliance Service of New Mexico,


    Member Dan & Candice Bell – EM Shopper, New Member


    Bob Jones, Sandia Mountain Lions Club, Chamber Treasurer


    Ashlea Allen, Trail Rider Pizza, Member


    Bill Herman, Hollywick (alpaca) Farms LLC, Past Treasurer


    Tito Madrid, Bern. Co. Commissioners Office


    John Helmich, EM interagency Fire Protection Association


    Beverly Trujillo, KXNM 88.7 FM Radio, New Member


    Paul Rothberg, East Mountain Directory, Member


    Geri Jones, Sandia Mountain Lions Club, Member


    Julie Albright, Administrative Assistant


    Effie Medford, New Mexico Medical Center, Member


    Betty Miller, Sandia Lions Club, Member


    John Jones, Entranosa Water, Member


    Mike Lucero, eastmountaincontractor.com


    Tamne Robinson, One Stop Office, Secretary


    Ashlee Allen – From Trail Rider Pizza spoke about the outreach efforts of her 9 year old son Jayden, who has been making sack lunches and hygiene kits to pass out to the homeless on the street corners of Albuquerque. He has received local and national recognition, as well as donations from both local and national sources. Mayor Gloria Chaves has deemed February 16t Jayden Allen Day for the village of Tijeras.


    Dan and Candice Bell spoke about the East Mountain Shopper mailer. “We are here to promote the community!” Dan
    was a camp director in San Diego. His brother Bill, who runs Camp Oro Quay on the back side of South Mountain,
    convinced him to come to New Mexico. He decided to start the East Mountain Shopper. The East Mountain shopper is not a marketing agency, its job is to promote your business in our community.


    Camp Oro Quay is having a car show fund raiser to help raise money for kids to go to camp. It will be in Walmart’s
    parking Lot in Edgewood on June 19th, 2016.


    Review of the bylaws and vote: Members present asked that each bylaw be reviewed – The areas highlighted were
    reviewed.


    • Article 1 – the name and location was kept as is.
    • Article 2 – mission statement was changed from “quantity” to “quality”
    • Article 3 – Membership added and /or defined corporate membership, partner membership, advanced membership, regular membership, non-profit and charter membership. Partner membership is an in kind membership that assists in promoting the Chamber partnership with advertising in order to grow the chamber. In turn the Chamber promotes them at all events as a partner. This membership is to be a written contract. Non – profit needs further defining of membership and dues. Members asked that each be defined better as to what each level entails and what each level gets for their membership. John Jones, Entranosa water had a very specific idea of how they should be written – Board asked him to write up and define each membership and email to Nancy Carpenter.
    • Article 4 – Meeting of the members – changed from 10 days to seven days notice for special meetings. Chamber is working on different ways to communicate through different methods so that everyone is notified. Nancy has been calling KKOB on Fridays to promote Chamber and Chamber events – Chamber board is trying to set up other ways to promote through media.
    • Article 5: Officers -0 meeting agenda with the administrator. Under The Board of Directors – “ronde view” was changed to “events”
    • Article 7 – Committees – “Community’s” to “Committees” and Chamber “Seal” to Chamber “Logo”
    • Article 10 – 10 days to 7 days special meetings or notifications. Page 3 Roberts Rules of Order.
    Corporate Membership $500 Silver and $1000 Gold
    1 free lunch monthly – an employee can come for lunch.
    Banner with their name
    Website promotion of their Logo
    Promotion on events they sponsor
    Recognized in the Email blasts
    (In drawing for Members of the Month)


    Partner (INKIND) – Advertise as partners at all events and on web.


    Advanced - $200.00
    Logo promoted on website – link to own website
    1 time per month blast email advertising
    Not promoted at events unless they directly sponsored the event
    ( In drawing for Member of the Month)


    Regular Member - $150.00
    Basic get email blast
    Listed in the directory but not advertised
    (Participate in member of the month0
    New Member presentations


    Bios – all levels
    All members can get promotions of their events
    And all members get window stickers
    John Jones will work up chamber membership descriptions and chamber will address again later.


    Job Duties - update duties and address later


    Bob Jones – Bill Herman is continuing to help Bob learn quick books See treasurer’s report for expenses and income.


    MAGS event – Shorty’s BBQ will donate food and Sierra Blanca will donate non-alcoholic drinks for the event
    Promoting through Media


    Member events will be sponsored by Chamber also


    Events need to be added to website calendar
    Hyperlink needs to be fixed – it is not showing events on calendar


    Chamber plans to communicate and work with Mountainair Chamber


    The members of the month are: Los Vecinos community Center, Sandia Ranger Station and The Kniffen Team.


    New Resident packets:
    Please bring your coupons, menus, flyers and business cards to ONE STOP OFFICE need 100 to start with. The
    Deadline is May 1st, 2016.


    Entranosa Water won the door prize


    Tito Madrid - with Bernalillo County announced Business summit on marketing outside New Mexico
    April 30th 2016 8-2:30 pm – Nativo Lodge 4 sessions and they repeat. $5.00 per person. County is working on
    RSVP.


    Will have an East Mountain Celebration September 25th 2016


    Water Fair (testing) James McGrain Sheriff Substation April 8-9 8-12 pm


    Green waste – at the transfer station – Free April 2nd through the 17th


    County wants to expand the Lunch program and is looking for 2 more sites in the east mountains to expand to.


    Please contact county if you have a site recommendation. Right now it is at Los Vecinos, Vista Grande and Chilili.


    Meeting adjourned at 12:56 PM per Nancy Carpenter


    Respectfully Submitted: Tamne Robinson, East Mountain Chamber Secretary

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