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Resources for New Mexicans Affected by the Wild Fires

For immediate law enforcement or medical assistance, call 911. Please do not call 911 for fire information.

 

 

 

Hotlines:
 

  • Statewide NM crisis line: 1-855-NMCRISIS (855-662-7474)

  • Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon WildFire Hotline (505) 356-2636

  • Cerro Pelado WildFire Hotline (505) 312-4593 and (303) 918-4004

  • New Mexico Fire Resources Hotline (800) 432-2080

 

Quick Links:
 

Federal Assistance:
 

  • President Biden has signed a disaster declaration for New Mexicans affected by the fires in Colfax, Lincoln, Mora, San Miguel, and Valencia Counties. This money can go for temporary housing and home repairs, loans for uninsured property losses and other programs. 

    • Those who need assistance can request it by visiting DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Para Espanol: www.disasterassistance.gov/es o llame al 800-621-3362, oprima el #2. For those with speech or hearing impairments the number is 1-800-462-7585. The line operates from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. MT.

    • When you apply for assistance, have the following information readily available:

      • A current phone number where you can be contacted

      • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying

      • Your Social Security number, if available

      • A general list of damage and losses

      • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name

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  • Statewide NM crisis line: 1-855-NMCRISIS (855-662-7474)
     

  • Mental Health Resources
     

  • Evacuation centers (Source NM Highlands University, which has put together a great overall resources page here)
     

    • (Day shelter only) San Miguel County Evacuation Shelter, Old Memorial Middle School (MMS), 947 Old National Road.

      • The Old Memorial Middle School is serving as a day shelter for evacuees to access American Red Cross and FEMA resources.

    • VFW Post 1131: 2825 NM Hwy 518 (mile marker 28.5) Mora, NM 88732 Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm

      • This is a FEMA disaster resource center - residents can get help with disaster assistance applications, use computers to upload documents and ask the federal officials questions about receiving compensation or aid.

    • San Miguel County Public Works in Las Vegas

      • Phone 505-652-8728

      • For those not comfortable in shelters, the site at 10 Airport Road offers temporary campsites for vehicles and tents — you must bring your own gear and supplies. They have two porta-potties. No reservations needed at this point.

    • For those not comfortable in shelters, the site at 10 Airport Road offers temporary campsites for vehicles and tents — you must bring your own gear and supplies. They have two porta-potties. No reservations needed at this point.

    • Red River Convention Center, 101 West River St., Red River NM 87558 

      • Phone 575-754-1708

    • ​City of Santa Fe: Genoveva Chavez Center: 3221 Rodeo Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87507

    • The Governor has approved sheltering in state parks and waived the rate for those displaced by fire. Patrons show proof of address to the ranger to have the fee waived.

    • For temporary housing please call the New Mexico State Fire Resource Hotline 1(800) 432-2080

       

  • Food: 
     

    • Bar Castañeda Meals for those Displaced by NM Wild Fires. 

      • In collaboration with other Las Vegas restaurants Bar Castañeda is providing meals to evacuees and first responders from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, 524 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas NM 87701. (You can support that effort here.)
         

    • The Eagle Nest Senior Center is offering free meals to senior evacuees - please call ahead so food can be provided to (575) 377-1344 - 74 North Tomboy, Eagle Nest, NM 87718
       

  • ​More resource opportunities:
     

    • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, nonprofits, homeowners and renters. Like FEMA, SBA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance.

      • For small businesses, those engaged in aquaculture and most nonprofits: Up to $2 million is available for working capital needs even if there was no property damage, with a $2 million maximum loan for any combination of property damage and working capital needs.

      • For homeowners: Up to $200,000 is available to repair or replace their primary residence. For homeowners and renters: Up to $40,000 is available to replace personal property, including vehicles.

      • Businesses and residents can apply online at Disaster assistance (sba.gov). For questions and assistance completing an application, call 800-659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerAssistance@sba.gov.
         

    • Las Vegas Community Foundation Hermit’s Peak Wildfire Relief Fund Grants

      • Applications for up to $10,000 are being accepted for 501c3 organizations serving Mora and San Miguel Counties. Relief organizations directly serving & assisting local families and communities can apply for emergency funds by sending an email and submitting a streamlined application to Linda Anderle at info@lvnmcf.org.
         

    • The All Together New Mexico Fund is now accepting wildfire relief grant applications on a rolling basis: https://www.alltogethernm.org/apply
       

    • IRS Disaster Assistance

      • Depending on the circumstances, the IRS may grant additional time to file returns and pay taxes. Both individuals and businesses in a federally declared disaster area may receive a faster refund by claiming losses related to the disaster on the tax return for the previous year, usually by filing an amended return.
         

    • United States Postal Service

      • If you have been evacuated and/or are a victim of mail theft, report to your local law enforcement and the USPS Inspection service here.
         

    • Veterans Affairs (VA)

      • If you need assistance related to VA death benefits, pensions, insurance settlements, and/or other related assistance you can reach the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs at (800) 827-1000 or their website.   

      • For those that are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf at (800) 829-4833
         

  • Lost Document Replacements:
     

    • Birth and Death Certificates

    • Lost Green Card

      • Visit USCIS and fill out form I-90. To check application status call 1 (800) 375-5283
         

    • New Mexico Driver’s License

    • Medicare cards

    • Social Security Cards

      • Please visit their website or call at (800) 772-1213 or (888) 874-7793

    • Military records

      • Please visit their website here or call (866) 272-6272

    • Passport

      • Please visit their website here or call at (877) 487-2778 or (888)-874-7793
         

    • U.S Tax Returns

      • Visit their website or call at (800) 829-1040

    • New Mexico Tax Returns

      • Visit their website or call (800) 285-2996
         

  • ​County Emergency Management Contacts:
     

    • Chaves County Emergency Management

      • The Emergency Manager Karen Sanders can be reached in the following ways

        • Email: k.sanders@roswell-nm.gov

        • Phone: (575) 624-6740

        • Fax: (575) 624-6750

        • Physical Address: 2800 Wilshire Blvd Roswell, NM 88201

        • Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 1838 Roswell, NM 88202-1838
           

    • Colfax County Emergency Management

      • Thomas Vigil can be reached in the following ways:

        • 230 North 3rd Street P.O. Box 1498 Raton, NM 87740

        •  Phone: (575) 445-7050

        •  Cell: (575) 707-3579

        •  Fax: (575) 445-2902

        •  E-mail: tvigil@co.colfax.nm.us
           

    • Curry County Emergency Management

      • Contact in the following ways

    • Eddy County Emergency Management

      • The Emergency Manager Jennifer Armendariz can be contacted in the following ways

        • Cell: 575-499-5111

        • 324 South Canyon Street Carlsbad, NM 88220

        • Phone: 575-628-5450

        • Fax: 575-628-3973

        • Email: jarmendariz@eddyoem.com

    • Harding County Emergency Management

      • The county manager Victoria Villarreal can be reached in the following ways:

    • Lea County Emergency Management

      • The director Lorenzo Velasquez can be reached in the following ways

    • Los Alamos County Emergency Management

      • The Emergency Management Commander Beverley Simpson can be reached in the following ways

    • Mckinley County Emergency Management

      • Please contact in the following ways:

        • 2221 Boyd Ave. Gallup, NM  87301

        • Phone: 505-772-4248

        • Fax: 505-722-9009
           

    • Mora County Emergency Management

      • The director Brenda Casados can be reached in following ways

    • Quay County Emergency Management

      • Paul Lucero can be reached in the following ways

    • Rio Arriba County Emergency Management

      • Please contact 

        • 1122 Industrial Park Rd Espanola, NM 87532

        • (505) 747-1941
           

    • San Juan County Emergency Management

      • Please contact

        • 209 S. Oliver Dr. Aztec, NM 87410

        • (505) 334-7700

        • (505) 334-0915 fax
           

    • San Miguel County Emergency Management

      • Please reach Daniel Esquibel, OEM Manager in the following ways

        • 500 W. National Ave., Suite 05 Las Vegas, NM  87701

        • 505-425-6190

        • Fax: 505-426-3034 
           

    • Santa Fe County Emergency Management

      • Please contact Martin A. Vigil the Assistant Chief/Emergency Manager in the following ways

    • Taos County Emergency Management

      • Please contact Bobby Lucero the OEM Director in the following ways

    • Union County Emergency Management

      • The Emergency Manager can be contacted in the following ways

  • Resources for pets and livestock:
     

    • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs for crop and livestock losses as well as support for rural businesses and homes can be found here
       

    • Help for food producers related to livestock loss, forage loss, fencing, structures, and water supply can be found here
       

    • The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides benefits for grazing losses due to wildfires. 
       

    • Resources for evacuated pets
       

    • If you need help sheltering companion animals/pets please contact Marshal Wilson (575) 399-5035
       

    • If you need help evacuating livestock or need to request for feed please contact the State Police Dispatch (505) 425-6771
       

    • Pet and livestock shelters (source)

      • The Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society is taking in cats displaced by the fire; call 505-983-4309, ext. 1606. The shelter also is offering supplies for displaced pets and requests donations.

      • The Santa Fe County Fairgrounds is taking in dogs, cats and chickens; call 505-471-4711.

      • The Zamora arena is being used to temporarily house livestock and horses; contact livestock inspector Matthew Romero at 575-643-6805.

      • The Pecos arena is sheltering livestock and horses; contact Freddy Lujan at 505-930-3986 or 505-757-3986.

      • The Taos County Sheriff’s Posse Arena is being used to house livestock and horses; contact livestock inspector Ruben Baca at 575-770-1490.
         

    • Animal Humane of Española has taken in animals evacuated from the Las Vegas shelters. They are at capacity and need people to foster and adopt. You can learn more here.
       

    • Las Vegas Community Foundation Hermit’s Peak Wildfire Relief Fund Grants. 

      • Applications for up to $10,000 are being accepted for 501c3 organizations serving Mora and San Miguel Counties. Relief organizations directly serving & assisting local families and communities can apply for emergency funds by sending an email and submitting a streamlined application to Linda Anderle at info@lvnmcf.org

         

  • Stay Prepared:

    • Learn your local community’s evacuation plan.
       

    • Ask friends or family members outside of your area if you can stay with them. Be mindful of current public health guidelines relating to COVID-19.
       

    • If you have a disability, make a plan with family members and care providers.
       

    • Check with your county emergency management office to find out what shelters are open. Follow guidance from local public health and emergency management officials on when and where to shelter.
       

    • If you have pets, find out which shelters allow animals and up to what size. If you plan to take your pet with you, bring their medications.
       

    • Find out which sites are sheltering larger barnyard animals if applicable.
       

    • Pack a “go bag” 

      • What to Bring

        • Pack a 3-day supply of items that are ready to go in case of an evacuation (a “go bag”). Have these items ready to go either in your car or by the door.

        • Medications

        • Personal hygiene items

        • On-the-go disinfectant supplies

        • Baby supplies, if applicable

        • Pet supplies and medications, if applicable

        • Cell phones with chargers and portable power bank if available

        • N95 or KN95 masks (cloth and surgical masks do not protect from wildfire smoke)

        • Family and emergency contact information

        • Important personal documents (social security card, car registration, passport, birth certificate)
           

    • Place all important documents in a fireproof safe.
       

    • Withdraw cash in case the power goes out.

       

  • Pre-Evacuation Steps​
     

    • If time allows before evacuating, please consider taking the following steps:

      • Close all windows and doors. Remove all flammable window shades and curtains. Close metal shutters.

      • Move flammable furniture to the middle of the room, away from doors and windows.

      • Shut off gas at the meter. Turn off pilot lights and air conditioning systems.

      • Gather flammable items from outside of the house (patio furniture) and bring them inside.

      • Turn off all propane tanks and move appliances away from structures. Do not leave sprinklers or water running.

      • Back your car into the driveway and ensure all its windows and doors are closed. Ensure your emergency kit is in the vehicle. Have a full tank of gas.

         

  • IRS Post-Disaster Scam Tips
     

    • During times of disaster scammers often attempt to take advantage of victims and donors through fake websites and charitable organizations. Scammers often will make their attempts through phone calls, emails, social media posts, and in person. 
       

    • To avoid scammers please consider the following tips:

      • Do not give out personal financial information to anyone who solicits a contribution. Examples include, Social Security numbers, credit cards, bank account numbers, and passwords.

      • Scammers will sometimes use bogus websites that are similar to legitimate charities - please do your research before submitting any personal payment information!

      • Scammers will attempt to contact victims by claiming they work for the IRS. They will say things along the lines of wanting to help file casualty loss claims or even tax refunds. 

      • If you get a suspicious call like this, call the IRS toll-free disaster assistance at
        866-562-5227 and they can answer questions about tax relief and disaster-related tax issues.  



How to Help Those Affected by the Fires

If you are in a position to support those affected by the fires, please take a look at ways you can help: 

 


 

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