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Alerts and Hazard Warnings

Health Department Urges New Mexicans Near Recent Fires to Be Prepared for Flooding

June 2018 - The New Mexico Department of Health advises residents prepare for flooding, especially near areas with burn scars from wildfires. Wildfire-related burn scars are charred, barren strips of land annihilated by the fire where, without vegetation, nothing remains to hold the land in place when rainfall comes. New Mexico residents in these areas should be prepared for significant rainfall and possible flash flooding. Those with private wells need to make sure the well is protected before floods and need know what to do if the well head becomes immersed with rushing waters.
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Health Protection During Wildfires
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Wildland Fires, Smoke and Air Quality

June 2018 - Throughout spring, summer and often autumn, there will be several alerts for smoke from both wildland fires, prescribed burns, and sometimes alerts related to industrial or structure fires that produce smoke. You can get information for these and what to do when it is smoky here:
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Wildland Activity
Health Protection During Wildfires
NMDOH News Alerts
NM Fire Updates

High temperatures throughout New Mexico in Spring and Summer

June 2018 - High temperatures throughout New Mexico in Spring and Summer mean people will be facing hot days and risk of heat stress. Emergency department visits for heat stress reach their peak in June. Heat stress is a heat-related illness that with inadequate fluid replacement and continued exposure to high temperatures, can progress to more serious conditions such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Outdoor workers, outdoor enthusiasts and those who partake in outdoor recreation should take extra precautions: hydrate frequently and take breaks often in cool and shaded places. Do not leave anyone, especially children and elderly, or pets inside parked cars while shopping and doing errands on these hot days.
Heat Stress Protection Information
NM EPHT Newsroom
Heat Stress Emergency Department Visits Indicator Report

Water advisory information:

Water Advisory Update: San Antonio Mutual Domestic Consumer Water Association (MDWCA) in Socorro County to Issue a "Precautionary Boil Water Advisory" July 17, 2018.
  • San Antonio MDWCA is required to issue the advisory on July 17, 2018 after severe flooding caused a major water line break and water system pressure at the San Antonio MDWCA. As a result of the water line break and loss of pressure, flood waters may have entered the distribution system. New Mexico Drinking Water Regulations require San Antonio MDWCA to notify their water system consumers of this finding as soon as practical but no later than 24 hours after the precautionary boil advisory has been issued.

More information:

Learn more about New Mexico Environment Department Drinking Water Bureau Boil Water Advisories.

More information about community water systems:

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Content updated: Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:14:01 MDT