Dona Ana Homeland
A task force has been organized in Doņa Ana County to assist law enforcement and
public safety agencies, help municipal and county governments coordinate and improve
communications wth the public in an emergency situation. The task force meets at the
Office of Emergency Management, Doņa Ana County. The
public information officer for Doņa Ana County, has indicated that city and county
officials have a list of information resources that people can use for preparedness
planning for a potential disaster. Several national volunteer agencies with local
offices have made plans and have recommendations on this topic.
The National Red Cross campaign encourages residents to make sure they are better
prepared for a potential disaster by:
- developing a preparedness plan,
- building an emergency kit,
- getting whatever training might be needed,
- volunteering to help within the community where people live and
- donating blood if needed.
The local office of the United Way Agency is active in homeland security preparation,
using a volunteer center it has established. The Director of the Southwest United Way
Agency indicated that the center has been created to help match volunteers with
organizations that need help. In a Las Cruces
Sun New article (2/17/03) Davenport said. "
we need to consider the
psychological impacts ... not be panicked. ... be prepared."
The Citizen Corps, a national volunteer organization, gives the following
disaster preparedness recommendations:
- Check/replace batteries in smoke alarms and other household alarms
- Know where the nearest fire, police, and hospital units are,
- Post a list of emergency telephone numbers
- Organize and practice family fire drills.
- Know locations of gas, electricity and water mains and how to turn them off
- Make a family emergency plan with a central meeting place as well as provisions for
caring for pets.
- Prepare a three-day disaster supply kit that includes items such as flashlights, spare
batteries, blankets, water and nonperishable food and pet food.
- Consider enrolling in a first aid training course and visit with neighbors to discuss
how best to handle a potential disaster in the neighborhood.
More information can be obtained via the following:
Emergency Management, Doņa Ana County at www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/oem/index.html
American Red Cross at www.redcross.org;
(local phone 526-2631
United Way Agency (local phone 524-7561)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at www.fema.gov/areyouready;
National Safety Council at www.nsc.org;
Citizen Corps -- at www.citizencorps.gov
Homeland Security Web site at www.homelandsecurity.org/
Ready Govt at www.ready.gov/