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.

SUNDAYMake your Home FireWise!

Southwest Wildfire Awareness Week

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.

MONDAYCreate 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.

TUESDAYOne 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.

WEDNESDAYSupport APNM’s critical work across New Mexico to make sure families and communities include companion animals in their emergency planning and response efforts.

Think Smart, Don't Let Wildfires Start.
Red or Green? Know Before You Go when hiking and camping this spring and summer.

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.

FRIDAYTalk 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.

SATURDAYPractice 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.

RELATED LINKS

Up-to-Date Wildfire News & Updates - #NMFire
Ready, Set, Go! Video — Wildfire Action Planning
Protect Your Community Video
APNM Disaster Preparedness Program Update, May 2013 - Disaster Planning and Response Activities for Companion Animals
Wildfire Season in New Mexico - A printable eight-page guide from NM Department of Agriculture

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