Sept. 18 NM Floods Update Shelter Open in Espanola

• The American Red Cross in New Mexico has opened a shelter in Espanola at the Beatrice Martinez Senior Center, 735 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Parkway, Espanola, NM 87532. The Shelter was opened in response to the Chama River flooding today.

• The Red Cross shelter at Crownpoint High School, 1 Eagle Drive in Crownpoint, New Mexico 87313 is also open tonight as some residents are not able to return to their homes.

• The Red Cross has opened and staffed 11 shelters since last week. Those shelters were located in Roswell, Carlsbad, Vado, TorC, Grants, Glenwood, Crownpoint, the Santa Claran in Espanola for Santa Clara Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo (twice)and now Espanola.

• 900 meals and snacks have been served during this period and 150 people have registered with the Red Cross shelter operation.

• A Red Cross Shelter Trailer is on the ground in Cloudcroft, should it be needed.

• Close to 50 Red Cross volunteers are deployed throughout the state in shelters and as Damage Assessment Teams with operations ongoing in multiple counties and towns. The Red Cross damage assessment along with our Community Partners is to determine the needs of the community and to begin bulk distribution of items for recovery. These include shovels, clean-up kits and drinking water.

• Volunteers from PNM in Santa Fe and Las Vegas to continued with damage assessment today in the Las Vegas area... After a morning training session, the team deployed throughout Las Vegas and conducted damage assessment. PNM employees are not new to disaster and those who volunteered to help get the East Coast back on line last fall were one of the American Red Cross in New Mexico Real Heroes at a May awards ceremony. This group will take further training in the Red Cross “Ready When the Time Comes” program for disaster volunteers.

• Areas where damage assessment is being conducted or has been completed include: Artesia, Lakewood, Dexter, Hagerman, Roswell, Truth or Consequences, Vado, Grants, Farmington, Glenwood, Bluewater Village, Milan, Las Vegas, Silver City, Bernardo, San Antonio, San Felipe Pueblo, Santa Clara Pueblo, Cubero, La Union, Mogollon, Socorro, Bosque Farms, Highland Meadows, Rio Rancho, Crownpoint and Bernalillo. The Red Cross has also reached out to other tribal and pueblo partners.

Flooding has caused numerous evacuations in New Mexico and Texas and Red Cross workers are helping people in those states, providing shelter, meals and comfort for those affected. More than 20 people spent Sunday night in four shelters in New Mexico and Texas. The region continues to be a relief priority for the Red Cross as more rain is expected in the area from tropical storm systems over the next few days.

HOW TO HELP People across the flooded areas need help now. The Red Cross has launched a massive relief effort to help people in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas and needs the continued support of the public to help those affected. People can make a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico at 505 265 8514 or your local Red Cross Office.

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.

Media Contact: Beverly L. Allen, Communications Coordinator, (505) 220 3097