OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLANS COMMUNITY INPUT MEETINGS

OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLANS COMMUNITY INPUT MEETINGS

The Doña Ana County Office of Emergency Management has scheduled a series of eight community meetings designed to solicit input from area residents about a proposed all-hazards mitigation plan that has been formulated by a regional committee of emergency-response professionals.

Quent Pirtle, coordinator of the Project Impact initiative, said the preliminary plan can be located on the Internet at http://www.co.dona-ana.nm.us/DraftPlan01.03.pdf for review. Viewing the link requires a recent copy of Adobe Acrobat©.

Meetings will be held in Las Cruces (Feb. 3 at City Hall), Hatch (Feb. 4 at the Community Center), Chaparral (Feb. 5 at the Multi-Purpose Building), Doña Ana (Feb. 6 at the Community Center), Mesilla (Feb. 10 at Town Hall), Santa Teresa (Feb. 11 at the Santa Teresa Fire Station), Anthony (Feb. 12 at the Community Center) and Organ (Feb. 13 at the Organ Fire Station). Each community meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The all-hazards mitigation plan is being developed for most areas of Doña Ana County, including the City of Las Cruces, the Town of Mesilla and the Village of Hatch. The plan is designed to help area agencies work closely together in the event of an emergency. Residents benefit because insurance costs can go down in communities where federally approved plans are in place.

Each of the community meetings also will include helpful tips on how to reduce flood losses, identify likely areas of flood and provide historical information about flooding in Doña Ana County.

For more information, call Pirtle at (505) 647-7256. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7256.