Planning ahead is key to emergency management

KDBC
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 11:19pm

We've seen it pour relentlessly flooding entire neighborhoods and even forcing evacuations of a Vado mobile home community.

The neighborhood off of I-10 is in a flood prone area has been evacuated three times as the rushing water threatens people's safety.

"The main thing is to ensure that you have a plan that you do have an evacuation route or facility from your house to another location," said Las Cruces and Dona Ana County Office of Emergency Management David Almaguer.

OEM stressed safety is the top priority and in the event of severe weather the goal is to respond as quickly as possible to the area.

Almaguer said it's important people utilize 9-1-1 to make any emergency requests.

He said 9-1-1 is the most efficient way to coordinate resources during severe weather. Those resources can easily be tied up making it vitally important the response is well coordinated.

"We need to make sure there's no duplication of efforts and utilizing 9-1-1 to help facilitate the distribution of those resources during that time of need," Almaguer said.

If a situation requires evacuations the Red Cross is contacted to open up shelters and it's crucial to be prepared with water, extra clothes and keep in mind medical conditions of anybody in the family.

"Make sure you have enough medication on hand for whatever medical issues you or your family may have," Almaguer said.

He added it's also a smart idea to carry cash in the event ATMs are inaccessible.

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