Red Cross Responding to Severe Weather Events in New Mexico


*Due to severe weather events across New Mexico, volunteers and staff of the American Red Cross in New Mexico are responding to flooding issues in three New Mexico counties at this time. Below is a county by county breakdown:

Dona Ana County

Vado, NM - 5 people remain in the community center. Red Cross will be taking over this shelter later today if it continues to flood in the area. Additional rain in the area is expected. The shelter is at the Community Center.

Chaves County

Roswell, NM - 2 people remain in the Red Cross shelter in Roswell, this population is not expected to increase. Shelter is at the Eastern New Mexico University Roswell Campus Gym.

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Eddy County

Artesia, NM - ~100 people are currently being evacuated from an RV Park that is completely surrounded by water. First responders are rescuing people by boat, triaging them at the fire department and then transporting them by bus (county provided) to the Red Cross shelter in Carlsbad, NM.

Carlsbad, NM - Red Cross has been requested to open a shelter at the Leyva Middle School in Carlsbad NM due to flooding evacuations of ~200 homes. Evacuations will begin within the hour. We have a team en route with a shelter trailer and additional material resources being sent from the Hobbs Red Cross Office.

* The Red Cross will continue monitoring conditions throughout New Mexico and working with Emergency Management officials as the rain continues across New Mexico.

*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 the Local Disaster Relief Fund may be made on line at redcross.org/newmexico or by calling 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 at www.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