Do you or a family member have a disability or condition that requires specific accommodations? Take advantage of the time before a hurricane to plan how you will evacuate safely.
FEMA does not seize private property in exchange for a disaster assistance application. FEMA is in New Mexico for one mission: to provide resources to eligible residents and communities as they work to recover from the ongoing wildfires that started in April.
When a hurricane threatens, the senior population may experience additional peril. They face many more obstacles during an emergency than most people: isolation, limited mobility, and medical needs. Older adults can lower their risk by preparing for hurricanes and other emergencies before they happen.
Recovery operations continue on multiple fronts six months after the Kentucky tornadoes on Dec. 10-11, 2021. At the request of the state, a federal emergency declaration was issued Dec. 11 and President Biden approved a major disaster declaration Dec. 12. As of June 1, a total of $81.9 million in federal disaster assistance was approved for survivors. Below are the recovery highlights:
FEMA’s mission in New Mexico is to help residents and communities recover from the ongoing wildfires and straight-line winds that started in April. It is a complex assignment that will be lengthy. What we do and how we do it is driven by integrity, compassion, fairness and respect. We are here now and will remain in New Mexico until our job is complete.
Disasters disrupt lives and some families may move from their damaged homes into rental properties or hotels. So, after you apply for disaster assistance, you need to let FEMA know each time your information changes. If you have not heard from FEMA regarding your application, you can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or visit DisasterAssistance.gov for a status update.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Advisory Council (NAC) will meet on June 7 and 8, 2022. The meeting will be open to the public through virtual means. Registration is necessary.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application holds many benefits for the residents of New Mexico affected by the ongoing wildfires who apply for FEMA disaster assistance.
Residents of Colfax, Lincoln, Mora, San Miguel and Valencia counties, who have damage from ongoing wildfires may be eligible for federal disaster assistance from the FEMA Individual Assistance grant program. It may be months before everyone can return to their property to assess the damage. You can apply now for federal assistance, before you return home, even without insurance adjustor information.
If you received a letter from FEMA saying that the information you provided is incomplete, or that you are ineligible for disaster assistance, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days of the date on the letter.