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New Mexicans who applied for FEMA disaster assistance for the ongoing wildfires should stay in touch with FEMA to ensure the disaster assistance process stays on track.

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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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Disaster Federal Register Notice

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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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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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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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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Disaster Federal Register Notice