Reach Out for Immediate Resources

Courtesy of the US Forest Service.After a destructive wildfire, communities are in need of assistance and resources. However, many grants take time to apply for and receive. Early in the response phase, reach out for immediate resources.

  • The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Management (NMDHSEM) is often the best place to start and can assist communities in identifying resources. The community Post Fire Coordinator or elected official working on behalf of a community may call them at 505-476-9635. The NMDHSEM  and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) work together to respond to disasters and collaborate on both public assistance and hazard mitigation programs.
  • Collaborate and network with outside entities. For example, reach out to the New Mexico Association of Counties and the New Mexico Municipal League. You may be able to learn from officials who have recently been in a similar situation. 
  • Think about reaching beyond state borders for assistance: Consider reaching out to other states that have teams or experiences that can help you. For example, after the Little Bear Fire in Ruidoso the community hired a team from Austin to assist with the post-fire recovery. Additionally, Team Rubicon is a group that "unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams."
  • The American Red Cross responds to disasters 365 days a year and can assist impacted individuals with their immediate emergency needs:, Call 1-800- RED CROSS, (1-800-733-2767).
  • Search for Additional Financial Assistance: Agencies and organizations provide a variety of programs and services to assist communities and individuals recovering from wildfire. To help you get started, we have provided information and links to financial tips and opportunities for assistance.


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