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Monsoon Awareness Week June 11-17

06/13/2017

For June 11 to 17, the Governor of New Mexico Susana Martinez has proclaimed New Mexico Monsoon Awareness Week to bring public attention to the hazards that our summer rains create.

Flash floods are the greatest cause of weather-related deaths in the United States. Six inches of water can knock a person off their feet, and one foot can sweep a vehicle away.

Residents can be prepared to respond to flood danger this monsoon season by doing the following:

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters; turn around, don’t drown.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams and rivers during heavy rainfall.
  • Prepare a “go bag” or survival kit to bring in case of immediate evacuation.
  • Know how to disconnect electricity, gas and appliances to avoid accidents.
  • Know where to go quickly by car or foot in case of immediate evacuation.
  • Move important items upstairs and outdoor items to indoors for protection.
  • Move immediately to higher ground if there is a chance of flash flooding.

Residents can stay abreast of flood danger by signing up for text alerts from Bernalillo County at nixle.com, tuning in to their local media stations or using additional resources at ready.gov/alerts.

The county’s Emergency Management office will also be working closely with state emergency management to coordinate information and assistance to affected residents.

Bernalillo County would therefore like to acknowledge New Mexico Monsoon Awareness Week, and implore all citizens of Bernalillo County to live safely, prepared and aware of the dangers that monsoon season and flash floods pose.

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