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FEMA Preliminary Damage Assessment Teams Heading to New Mexico Next Week
Santa Fe, NM—Following a municipal proclamation of emergency from the City of Santa Fe and a request from the State of New Mexico, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sending Preliminary Damage Assessment teams to look at the damages caused by the heavy rains in Santa Fe and other parts of the state.
Mayor Alan Webber said, “We’re still working to recover from the damages caused by the storm and hoping to avoid more severe weather. But having visited the homes of some Santa Feans who were hit by the flooding, I can report that the spirit of our community is strong and resilient. Having FEMA’s resources will allow us to bring more help to more people much faster. City workers have been incredible and FEMA’s presence is a welcome addition.”
The assessment teams will be made up of federal, state and local representatives, and will be looking at the extent of damages to homes and businesses. They will include Individual Assistance Damage, Small Business Association (SBA) assessment, and GIS mapping team members.
The teams will be looking to determine the types of damage to homes and businesses: how many homes are damaged, the severity of damage, and how many of these homes are primary residences. They will also be documenting damage to businesses and the extent of business losses.
The information gathered will be used by the state to decide whether there is enough damage to request a Major Disaster Declaration.
David Silver, Santa Fe’s Emergency Manager, said, “FEMA’s teams will expand our capacity to assess damages in homes and businesses and help us gather the information we need to advocate for additional resources and funding for Santa Feans. We want to stress our request to Santa Feans to give us a call at the EOC to report damage and request a damage assessment. That data helps us point FEMA in the right direction once they hit the ground.”
The City of Santa Fe is repeating its call for homeowners to phone the EOC to request a damage assessment, at (505) 955-6949. With representatives from the SBA joining FEMA’s teams on the ground, we are also now asking business owners who experienced flood damage to call in and report. The EOC will be open 10am-3pm on Saturday. It will be closed Sunday but messages left will be collected Monday and placed on the list in the order they are received.