and Help Others in Need
Getting People & Animals Ready; APNM Fire Fund Serves Disaster Victims
> Create a Grab-And-Go List of what you'll want to take that you can grab in five minutes, including important documents and medications for both humans and animals, cell phone, drinking water, food, clothing, photos, computer back-up, and animal supplies (see links on our web page for more detailed lists).
> Prepare your animals as well as your family – take dogs, cats and other small animals for practice trips in the car, then do the same in a rushed manner. Practice loading horses and other large animals into trailers so they'll be less stressed when it's really time to go.
> When you do evacuate, make sure to notify your local disaster assembly point or the American Red Cross Safe and Well website so friends and family know you're safe.
> To find open Red Cross shelters by address, city, state, and/or zip code, go to app.redcross.org/nss-app - this site is updated every 30 minutes. Most Red Cross shelters do not provide facilities for companion animals, but APNM will be working with Red Cross and other agencies to expand options for nearby or co-sheltering facilities throughout the state.
* PREPARE – Have a Plan, Use Your List, Know Where To Go
* PRACTICE – Family Drills, Loading Animals
* ACT – Evacuate Right Away, Notify Others That You're Safe
- Don't let companion animals loose to roam about; keep them indoors whenever possible.
- Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible. Use the recycle or re-circulate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car.
- Provide plenty of water for your animals so they can keep their airways moist.
- Exposure to smoke can cause coughing, watery and itchy eyes, difficulty breathing, and other problems. Animals experiencing questionable or severe symptoms from smoke exposure should get professional veterinary advice and treatment.
- Wildlife may be confused or startled by smoky conditions and could potentially harm your family or animals. Please be cautious, as some animals may be moving about at unusual times of the day.
As we continue to watch the landscape and prepare, we know funds will be desperately needed to support the organizations stepping up to help during disasters. Please consider contributing to the Fire Fund to help ensure this resource is robust and available in the months and years to come. You can donate online (please list "Fire Fund" in the Designate my Donation section) or mail a check with "Fire Fund" in memo line to:
P.O. Box 11395
Albuquerque, NM 87192
*Donations to APNM are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
To support New Mexico animal shelters directly in their day-to-day lifesaving work, please visit APNM's Shelter Savvy webpage for more information.
With your participation in your county, we can expand this important network for future dire circumstances. Even if you can't take in a horse, there are many ways to help—please sign up for the Volunteer Network today!
Emergency Planning for Companion Animals
As we did last year, APNM will report on organizations and local efforts providing transportation and sheltering resources during disaster evacuations.
APNM staff is participating in disaster training, such as the Code 3 Animal Disaster Responder Academy, and bringing New Mexico companion animals to the attention of state and local emergency managers and organizations, including the New Mexico Emergency Management Association. We're also participating in state and national meetings on emergency management and disaster response. The National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs monthly conference calls provide useful feedback from other states during recent disaster responses that will help us better understand the wide range of emergency needs as well as the possibilities for inter-agency cooperation and coordinated community response to local disasters.
> Landline phone numbers, both residential or business, are automatically entered into the system for emergency notifications.
> To receive notifications on a cellular or VoIP phone number, you must register your phone number with Target Notification. Emergency messages will be received even outside of the affected area, so if you change your cellular/VoIP phone number you will need to re-register it.
> Contact your Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) to find out what type of emergency notification system exists in your county or municipality.
Wildfire Season in New Mexico - Printable Eight-Page Guide,
Includes APNM article on Companion Animals (p. 6). Produced by the NM Dept. of Agriculture, NM Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and FEMA.
Interactive Map - Disaster Planning and Response Activities for Companion Animals
People in a variety of capacities are coming together to make sure municipalities, counties and agencies include animal safety in their disaster planning. Click here for our interactive map of the collaborative work happening to help keep animals safe.
For example, the East Mountain Interagency Fire Protection Association, serving eastern Bernalillo, eastern Sandoval, western Torrance, and southwestern Santa Fe Counties, provides information outreach, education and fire training opportunities to local and cooperating agencies, volunteers, local residents and businesses.
If you'd like to volunteer to help APNM and NMDHSEM in our joint project to complete our Emergency Resource Manual for NM Companion Animals, updating resource information for all NM counties, please fill out a Volunteer Application or contact Sharon Jonas at 505-265-2322, ext. 23.
Governor's May 16, 2012 declaration on NM drought conditions
Evacuation Kit for Animals
Animal Safety Planning Guide
Wildfire Season in New Mexico (pdf)
Contact your local animal shelter about emergency sheltering and how you can help
Back Country Horsemen of New Mexico - online resources and several chapters around the state with volunteer networks available during disasters
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) - East Mountain Area members trained in Animal Response, training and outreach, rescue exercises
What's Happening Around the State
ABQ Journal May 2, 2013: New Mexico's Drought Worst in the Country
APNM Disaster Preparedness Program Update, May 2013 - Disaster Planning and Response Activities for Companion Animals
What You Can Do: volunteer and training resources
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