The Bernalillo County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (OHSEM) will be recognized at the 2012 Red Cross Real Heroes annual breakfast taking place on May 22 in Albuquerque. As part of the Humanitarian Award honoring the 2011 Las Conchas wildfire responders, OHSEM along with several other organizations from around the state will be presented with this meaningful award.
OHSEM answered the call last summer when the Las Conchas wildfire began in northern New Mexico. In less than three hours, Roger Tannen and Gary Surad responded and took with them a sheltering trailer that would provide the much needed cots and hygiene supplies for the evacuees. The county’s sheltering trailer had to be driven up and provided 200 cots for the Los Alamos evacuees.
Kelli Murtagh arrived the following day. They then worked several shifts in the onsite Emergency Operations Center acting as a liaison between the local and federal governments.
In preparation for this summer’s anticipated extreme dry conditions, OHSEM is working with the State of New Mexico to purchase two additional sheltering trailers for the county bringing the total number to four. Now, when Bernalillo County gets the call, it will have the capacity to provide cots for 800 resident evacuees in need.
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