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August 15, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- Three months following the major disaster declaration for wildfires that burned across New Mexico from May 5 to June 9, almost $21.5 million in grants and loans have been approved for homeowners, renters and businesses, according to state and federal disaster recovery officials. Another $1.3 million has been approved for state and local governments.
July 5, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- Victims of May's wildfires in New Mexico have one week left to apply for disaster recovery assistance, according to state and federal officials. Wednesday, July 12 is the deadline to call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free registration number, 1-800-462-9029 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585). Hours of operation for registration are 8 a.m. till 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. As of Wednesday morning, July 5, 3,320 individuals had applied for assistance, 3,096 of whom are from Los Alamos County.
June 26, 2000
News Release
Sante Fe, NM -- The first 43 families will move into temporary mobile homes at the Los Alamos County Fairgrounds in Los Alamos on Tuesday, June 27. For safety reasons, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will complete installation of mobile homes in an entire section before FEMA begins moving in families.
June 21, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- State and federal disaster recovery officials advise New Mexico residents who have disaster-related damage to be careful when hiring contractors to repair or rebuild their homes and businesses. "Scam artists are often ready to seize the opportunity to capitalize on the misfortune of others," Deputy State Coordinating Officer Bill Ewing of the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management, said. The New Mexico Attorney General's Office offers the following consumer suggestions:
June 15, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- Disaster recovery aid to individuals, businesses and local governments affected by the New Mexico forest fires has topped $13 million dollars one months after the disaster declaration, disaster recovery officials announced today. The total stands at $13,068,961, according to federal and state disaster recovery officials. Disaster Housing Assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued 394 disaster housing checks for a total of $413,828 as of June 14. These checks went to individuals and families for disaster-related housing needs.
June 15, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- Operating hours have changed for both the toll-free registration number and the disaster Helpline, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The new hours for both are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday effective immediately. Individuals and businesses in the 21 counties designated a federal major disaster area, who sustained damage but have not already applied should register as soon as possible. The Teleregistration number is 1-800-462-9029 (TTY: 1-800-462-7585).
June 14, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- State and federal officials are contacting communities not currently participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) urging them to join the program prior to the upcoming monsoon season. Flood Hazard Boundary Maps published by the NFIP have identified the communities as prone to flooding. After the maps were published, the communities were notified and given a timetable to apply, but no action was taken.
June 14, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- If you want to talk to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) about your application for disaster, all you need to do is pickup the telephone. The FEMA Helpline is an important resource for those who have been affected by the New Mexico forest fires and who have already registered for disaster assistance. The toll-free number is 1-800-525-0321. People with hearing or speech impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. The Helpline is open 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday.
June 14, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- Hikers in the burned area of Santa Fe National Forest who find archeological sites or items such as pottery and stone tools revealed by the fire are asked to look but not touch. "This is the best way to protect New Mexico's heritage," said Jan Biella, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, with the State Historic Preservation Division (HPD). Federal forestry officials advise that Santa Fe National Forest has been closed to public access by the Espanola Ranger District.
June 14, 2000
News Release
Santa Fe, NM -- The first checks from the Individual and Family Grant Program-which helps pay the costs of disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other programs-have been sent to victims of the New Mexico fires, according to disaster recovery officials. Seventy-eight checks, totaling $229,969, went out Friday, June 9, with the average check issued at $2,500. "The amount of the grant depends on the unmet needs of the applicant," said Bill Ewing, deputy state coordinating officer of the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management. "The maximum grant is $13,900."

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