How to help evacuees and fire victims in northern New Mexico
LAS VEGAS, N.M. — There are organizations and agencies stepping up every day to help evacuees and fire victims in northern New Mexico.
Here are links to a few who are focusing on shelter for evacuees, toiletry collection, and animal needs:
- NM Fire Relief fund (partnering with hotels to fund shelter for evacuees)
- Albuquerque Elks Lodge 505-730-9695 (call to schedule a drop-off at 2430 Centre Ave SE Albuquerque, 87106 or pick up)
- Cattlegrowers Association (collecting livestock supplies and donations)
- Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management partnership with The Salvation Army
- Santa Fe Animal Shelter
The Sandoval County Clerk’s Office is also hosting a Fire Relief Drive. More details are available here, including where to drop off items and what items are needed.
New Mexico Girl Scouts will be hosting a Pet Food Drive, on May 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 4000 Jefferson Plaza NE, Albuquerque. The drive will benefit families displaced by the Hermits Peak and Calf Canyon fires. A full list of items being collected can be found on the Girls Scouts website.
President Joe Biden has approved an emergency disaster declaration for the State of New Mexico and ordered federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts in the areas affected by wildfires. Here’s how to apply for assistance:
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance May 5 by registering online here or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.