“After Wildfire” Website a Useful Tool
NRCS, Partners Can Provide Faster Help to Communities
July 18, 2014
Rey Adame (505) 761-4406
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Experiencing a destructive wildfire can be devastating. In time of chaos, the “After Wildfire: A Guide for New Mexico Communities,” is a good source on what to do next.
This guide was written to help New Mexico communities recover after wildfire. The guide includes information on how to mobilize your community, a list of resources available to communities and individuals for assistance, and a technical guide with information about post-fire treatments to address the catastrophic effects of a wildfire on the land and to prepare for potential flooding.
New Mexico Forest and Watershed Health Office Coordinator Susan Rich spearheaded the project. She explained how the New Mexico State Forestry, with help from the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and other interagency partners, create this guide and its companion website.
“We developed this guide for New Mexicans affected by wildfire and for the emergency personnel and civic leaders they turn to in a time of crisis,” said Rich. ”The initial request for this guide came from people in the trenches, individuals helping communities hard-hit by wildfire and post-fire flooding. We wrote it for them.”
"This is the best website I have seen for post-fire recovery. It is an excellent resource that will help communities, home owners, and incident managers. I will recommend it to everyone that needs assistance after a wildfire, "said Richard Schwab, National Park Service, National Coordinator for Post-Fire Programs.
The “After Wildfire: A Guide for New Mexico Communities” website is operational and can be viewed at: www.afterwildfirenm.org. In addition to the information found in the new guide, the website provides links to wildfire guides published by other sources as well as links to social media sites, active wildfire information, contact information to the agencies who have contributed information to the guide and materials for fire prevention and preparedness.
For more information about the guide or website, contact Eliza Kretzmann at (505) 467-9793; or email her at Eliza.Kretzmann@state.nm.us.
"After Wildfire" website home page.
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