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FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell announced today that President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. amended disaster assistance available to the state of New Mexico as a result of wildfires and straight-line winds beginning on April 5 and continuing.

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Residents of New Mexico near the ongoing wildfires could experience flash-flooding, mudslides and debris flows in the event of heavy rain. These conditions will happen quickly leaving little time to react. Plan now what you and your family will do should dangerous conditions threaten your safety.

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Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the City of Jonesboro and unincorporated areas of Craighead County, Arkansas. Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.

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Revised Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are available for review by residents and business owners in portions of the City of Jonesboro and unincorporated areas of Craighead County, Arkansas. Property owners are encouraged to review the latest information to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. Community stakeholders can identify any concerns or questions about the information provided and participate in the appeal and comment periods for the maps.

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One of the first places New Mexico residents should visit before rebuilding is the local authority that issues building permits. It usually takes about four working days to process a request. Plus, staff members can explain building codes, walk you through the permit process and answer questions.

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Hurricane force winds can turn landscaping materials into missiles that can break windows and doors. Much of the property damage associated with hurricanes occur after the windstorm, when rain enters structures through broken windows, doors, and openings in the roof.

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Hurricane force winds can turn landscaping materials into missiles that can break windows and doors. Much of the property damage associated with hurricanes occur after the windstorm, when rain enters structures through broken windows, doors, and openings in the roof.

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President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. made additional disaster assistance available to the State of New Mexico by authorizing an increase in the level of Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures undertaken in the State of New Mexico as a result of wildfires and straight-line winds beginning on April 5, 2022, and continuing.

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Residents of New Mexico are encouraged to purchase flood insurance now. Monsoon season starts mid-June and the ongoing wildfires in New Mexico are creating an additional threat that will be active for many years: the potential for flooding. Wildfires transform earth into water repellent soil. Normally, vegetation absorbs rainfall, reducing runoff. But charred, barren earth is unable to absorb water, which prompts flash flooding and mudflows.

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Once you apply for FEMA assistance, you should receive a “decision” letter via the method you chose to receive FEMA correspondence. This is an important document; it details what assistance you will receive from FEMA and explains how the agency arrived at its decision.

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