Do Your Part to Be Wildfire-Ready
Seven Actions for Seven Days
New Mexico Wildfire Awareness Week
March 30 - April 5, 2014
Living with Wildfire
Wildfire season is here. Join APNM and other agencies and organizations across the Southwest for a week of action to reduce the risk of devastating wildfire damage to homes and communities.
This week, we’re urging all New Mexicans to learn more and take action to help keep people, animals and property safe this season. Here are some ideas for every day this week. Pick at least one thing today—or this week—just get started. Prepare, Protect, Prevail.
SUNDAY — Make your Home FireWise!
Take personal responsibility and prepare before the threat of a wildfire so your home is ready.
- Remove leaves and pine needles from your roof, gutters, deck and around the house.
- Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home.
- Use fire-resistant landscaping.
- Harden your home with fire-safe construction measures.
- Find more details in Living With Fire: A Guide for the Homeowner.
MONDAY — Create a Wildfire Action Plan for Your Whole Family.
- See Emergency Kit Checklists from APNM and the American Red Cross.
- Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe place.
- Plan your escape routes and everything you’ll need to safely transport people and animals during an evacuation.
- Make a list of where you and your animals can go for emergency sheltering.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows the plan of action.
TUESDAY — One Less Spark = One Less Wildfire. Take Smokey Bear’s Wildfire Prevention Pledge. Fire prevention tips:
- Don’t burn debris on windy days; an ember can travel more than a mile. Compost, chip or shred instead.
- Drown your campfire until it’s cold.
- Never park your vehicle over dead grass, your catalytic converter can ignite the fuels and start a fire.
- Never throw a cigarette out the window of a vehicle.
WEDNESDAY — Support APNM’s critical work across New Mexico to make sure families and communities include companion animals in their emergency planning and response efforts.
- Donate to APNM to support our Disaster Preparedness programs.
- Volunteer your time to help complete our statewide Emergency Animal Resources Database.
- Designate your donation to APNM’s Fire Fund to help disaster victims.
- Join the Equine Protection Fund’s Volunteer Network.
- Learn more about What You Can Do in your community.
- Find more vital information about Disaster Planning for Animals
THURSDAY — Know Before You Go! Write down this number: Call the Fire Restrictions Hotline for current fire restrictions before visiting public lands in New Mexico and before burning anything outdoors: 1-877-864-6985 or see nmfireinfo.com.
FRIDAY — Talk to Your Neighbors.
- Be Neighbor Aware — Know who is homebound and who has animals.
- Create a Buddy System to help each other during an evacuation.
- Help Make Your Community Fire Adapted.
- Talk to your County or Local Emergency Manager or Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) about community preparedness activities.
- See how prevention efforts saved neighborhoods during Colorado’s Waldo Canyon Wildfire in 2012.
SATURDAY — Practice Your Plan. Do an emergency evacuation drill with adults, children and animals to help things go smoother for the real thing.
- Practice taking dogs, cats and other small animals for short trips in the car.
- Get horses and other large animals used to loading and unloading with a trailer.
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