*Due to severe weather events across New Mexico, volunteers and staff of the American Red Cross in New Mexico are responding to flooding and evacuation issues in multiple New Mexico counties at this time. Please see below for a county by county breakdown as of Friday morning:
Dona Ana County
Vado, NM: 5 people are in the Red Cross shelter at the Community Center. The shelter was opened Wednesday night due to flooding.
Carlsbad, NM: The Red Cross is operating a shelter at the Leyva Middle School in Carlsbad NM due to flooding and evacuations. 80 evacuees have registered with the shelter. There were 23 people in the shelter overnight, and all those registered will come back to the shelter today for food and information. The Red Cross is working with Eddy County Animal Control to house pets of the evacuees. We have partnered with the Southern Baptist Convention, our partners in disaster relief, for meals while the shelter is open. The shelter will remain open through the weekend.
Sierra County has opened a shelter at the TorC Civic Center and The Red Cross is providing support for the evacuees.
San Juan County
The Red Cross is providing assistance for multiple families whose homes were damaged due to rain and flooding last night and are now without water and propane.
* The Red Cross will be monitoring weather conditions and flooding threats throughout New Mexico and working with Emergency Management officials and Tribal Partners as the rain continues across New Mexico this weekend.
*During flooding, the Red Cross reminds everyone not to cross flowing water on roadways to “Turn Around-Don’t Drown.” If thunder roars-go indoors. Helpful Red Cross smart phone apps can be downloaded from Google Play and the iStore. Look for first aid, tornado, wildfire and earthquake.
*Donations to Local Disaster Relief may be made on line at redcross.org/newmexico or by calling 1-800REDCROSS or The American Red Cross at 505 265 8514 during business hours.
The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online atwww.redcross.org/newmexico. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter @RedCross.
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