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No End in Sight to Drought in Southwestern U.S.

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

The amount of moisture received across the United States’ southern high plains since October has been ridiculously low, and forecasters warned Friday that the intensifying drought has resulted in critical fire danger and some winter wheat crops being reduced to stubble across several states.

Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said during a national briefing that some areas in the region have received less than one-tenth of an inch of rain in the past five months and that’s perhaps the longest period of time these areas have been without rain since record-keeping began decades ago.

The lack of rain combined with above-normal temperatures across parts of New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas have left livestock watering tanks dry, agricultural fields wind-blown and rangeland charred.

“Of course, you can never predict something this severe several months in advance, but we did know going in it was going to be a challenging cold season for the southern plains,” Nielsen-Gammon said.

He showed satellite images of smoke and dust plumes moving across the region and warned that the warm and dry weather is expected to continue through the spring. That could mean continued crop damage, dwindling irrigation supplies and more fires.

“Any precipitation that does fall over the next three months is likely to evaporate relatively quickly at the same time that crops and forage are requiring more water because of the high temperatures,” he said. “That means if and when the rains do return, drought recovery … will proceed slower than expected.”

Due to the dry conditions, the National Weather Service issued fire warnings Friday for most of Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, southern Kansas, northeastern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado and southeastern Missouri.

Oklahoma Forestry Services already has requested and received firefighters and equipment from Alabama, Kentucky and Louisiana because of the fire threat. Additional firefighters and equipment from Georgia and Mississippi are on the way.

Oklahoma Forestry Commission spokeswoman Michelle Finch-Walker said early to mid-afternoon is the time many fires begin.

“We call that the witching hour. It’s getting warmer, the humidity is dropping and wind gusts are picking up,” she said.

For Oklahoma, this marks the first time exceptional drought – the worst category of drought – has made an appearance since May 2015. Several counties in the northwest and the panhandle have gone 155 days or more with less than one-quarter of an inch of rain, marking just a fraction of average precipitation for this time of year.

The latest map shows swaths of red – indicating extreme to exceptional drought – covering the southern high plains and the Four Corners region where the borders of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah meet.

In New Mexico, the lack of water and an unseasonably warm winter have already resulted in a high demand for hay, and some livestock owners have been forced to trim their herds. The last time this much of the state was grappling with extreme drought was July 2014.

Winter wheat crops in Texas are also struggling. Officials there say almost one-third of the crop is rated as poor.

Wildfires in Kansas have already burned thousands of acres, and agricultural officials were prepared to move hay to ranchers who need it most or work with the federal government to access additional grazing land.

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer declared a drought emergency last week, citing the persistent dry conditions and growing fire hazards.

That state’s average precipitation over the past six months was only two-thirds of the normal rate, and in January and February the statewide average precipitation was even less, at less than half of normal.


Fighting to Help Homeless – Not Criminalize Them

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

The pending lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the City of Albuquerque has halted the implementation of the new Pedestrian Safety Ordinance (PSO).  This ordinance was passed by the city council on November 6th, 2017. 

The ACLU held private conversations with the city where they persuaded them not to begin implementation of the PSO until the litigation has been resolved.

The PSO makes it illegal for “physical interactions or exchange with a pedestrian” at specific locations, such as street medians and highway entrances.  This makes it illegal for both parties to engage in interactions; prohibiting people from giving food, money, and health products to those in need. 

The ACLU banded together to sue the City of Albuquerque, claiming this ordinance criminalizes free speech in public areas, siting the broad language of the ordinance.  The areas cited in the document are commonly used for political speech and protests, in addition to homeless men and women looking for aid.

Back in 2015 New Mexico was at the heart of a positive new program that continues to combat homelessness by assisting these individuals instead of criminalizing them.  This has been the objective of the “There’s a Better Way” initiative (see:  Cities around the United States have looked toward Albuquerque’s initiative when creating their own policies in combating homelessness. 

Instead of trying to criminalize and incarcerate homeless people, “There’s a Better Way” seeks to assist the homeless by giving them shelter, food, and helping them find work. 

In 2016 The University of New Mexico’s Institute for Social Research followed Albuquerque’s Heading Home initiative (AKA “There’s a Better Way” program) and reported that for every dollar invested into this initiative, taxpayers saved $1.78.

Other reports indicate similar savings when addressing the problem of homelessness by attempting to assist them instead of trying to punish them.  Central Florida’s Commission on Homelessness researched their region and discovered “the annual cost of leaving people homeless – the costs of policing them, throwing them in jail for largely non-violent offenses, and providing medical care – were three times as expensive as providing them with permanent housing and caseworkers.”

It’s becoming more and more prevalent that instituting programs to assist the homeless works better not only from a humanistic standpoint, but also from an economical one. 

Still the practice of housing first programs has largely been swept under the rug from a political standpoint. This may be in part because of the prevalent, negative stigma surrounding communities of homelessness.

Eliminating this negative stigma is no easy task.  It starts by not initiating more backwards thinking programs like the Pedestrian Safety Ordinance, but instead; implementing programs of positive change in mentality and action, like the “There’s a Better Way” program.

As we are seeing with the PSO, lazy, backwards thinking lawmaking can begin to imperil the basic rights of communities like Albuquerque. These lawmakers may be trying to solve a serious problem, but the negative stigma given to the homeless perpetuates the lack of critical thinking in solving the problem of homelessness.  As long as our laws continue to push the stigma that homeless people are criminals, true progress and change cannot be accomplished on a massive enough scale for it to begin to truly make a dent in this nationwide problem. 

Luckily there is a strong if not small contingent of people, like those in the American Civil Liberties Union and the Heading Home foundation, who continue to fight for a more holistic solution.  Change of this nature is often sparked by a close knit group of people working for a better tomorrow, a tomorrow for all.

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SERVPRO Earns Top Restoration Services Franchise

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO Earns Top Restoration Services Franchise SERVPRO Named Top Restoration Services Franchise

As one of over 1,700 individually owned and operated SERVPRO franchises, we are proud to acknowledge the achievements of the corporation we belong to.  This year, 2018, marks the 15th consecutive year SERVPRO has been named the top franchise opportunity within the restoration services category by Entrepreneur Magazine. 

When looking beyond just the restoration services industry, SERVPRO ranks as the 12th best Franchise opportunity, just behind Jimmy John’s Gormet Sandwiches and right above Culver Franchising System Inc.  McDonald’s is at the top of the list followed by 7-Eleven Inc.; Dunkin’ Donuts, The UPS Store, and RE/MAX LLC round out the top 5.

Entrepreneur Magazine is diligent in creating a ranking system that maintains objectivity, through quantifiable metrics, to best inform readers.  Their system is called the “five pillars of the Franchise 500”.  Included underneath each pillar, as bullet points, are the key factors which makeup that pillar.

Costs & Fees

  • Franchise fee
  • Total investment
  • Royalty fees

Size & Growth

  • Open & operating units
  • Growth rate
  • Closure


  • Training times
  • Marketing support
  • Operational support
  • Franchisor infrastructure
  • Financing availability
  • Litigation

Brand Strength

  • Social media
  • System size
  • Years in business
  • Years franchising

Financial Strength & Stability

  • Franchisor’s audited financial statements

SERVPRO surely excels in the areas of “brand strength” and “support”.  The bright orange and vibrant green colors allow for a strong, impactful, and recognizable brand.  In addition, with over 1,700 franchises, SERVPRO’s brand impresses with a depth of industry knowledge and experiences shared between all past and existing franchises. 

With so many franchises many areas are home to multiple SERVPRO’s.  At the corporate level SERVPRO has a well-defined territory map that allows all franchises to not compete against one another, but support one another.  This allows SERVPRO franchises to share jobs as well as industry knowledge. 

Corporate headquarters is also very responsive and always available to assist franchises with any new obstacles encountered.  When trying to contact corporate headquarters they don’t encumber you with automated answering services, multiple phone transfers, or constantly referring you back to the website for help.  You often end up talking to many of the same people, which helps build a more personal and honestly helpful communication structure. This all leads to a truly helpful support system that flows from the top down.

 Here at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque we’ve been in business for 20 years now.  We can testify for the longevity of opening up a SERVPRO franchise.  We’ve been able to grow locally over this time along with corporate nationally.  We are just one of over 1,700 different entrepreneurs whom have benefited from the top quality franchisor that is SERVPRO. If you, or anyone you know, is interested in getting into the restoration industry with their own business, we highly recommend considering franchising with SERVPRO.  The help and brand name recognition gives benefits in the short and long term. 

As one of the many limbs that makeup the franchise, we are proud to share in the announcement of SERVPRO’s award.

DIY Projects Still Require Building Permits

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

With the popularity of home improvement TV shows, many home owners are taking matters of their house into their own hands.  With the use of these TV shows, Youtube, and the internet as a whole, it has become more practical to make your own renovations and additions to your house than ever before. 

One of the main attractions of going the DIY route is it can help you save lots of money.  This money can be used in turn to fund better quality materials for your home.  However, if you overlook the necessity of a building permit all those savings can go down the drain.

Most people aren’t aware that their city requires a building permit even for many DIY home improvement projects. 

Even minor fixes can require a permit.  Replacing appliances? Yup a permit is required.  Building a fence? Don’t forget your permit.  Building a patio? You’ll need a permit for that too.

Depending on the work needed to be done, a permit can range from $50 upwards to $7,500 (information based on data collected by HomeAdvisor from its members actual project costs).  The average lies around $1,200.  However, the cost fluctuates depending on the type of project and the state you’re in.  Before proceeding with any DIY projects, check with your municipal building department for all necessary forms and to get an estimate of the permit(s) needed and its cost(s).

Any additions your home are for your long term benefit.  Don’t think short-sighted when making renovations; it’ll only hurt you in the long-run.

For example, at a parking meter, it’s better to pay the meter $1.50 for an hour instead of getting a ticket for $50.  When tackling projects in your home it’s better to pay $200 for a permit instead of paying three times that to pay a contractor to redo your work to bring it up to proper standards.

Before going out and buying all of the necessary equipment to tackle a DIY home improvement project, become aware of the necessary permits. Ignoring permits, knowingly or unknowingly, can cause major roadblocks when you decide to sell your home in the future.

Positives of Mold

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Positives of Mold Blue Cheese is just one of the multiple, positive uses of mold.

When most people think about mold they tend to only think of the negative side of mold.  Such as their spoiled bread from a week ago, or those leftovers in the fridge that are starting to smell.  Us at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque mostly deal with mold growth within homes.  Although none of these types of mold are beneficial, it doesn’t mean that mold can’t be used positively.

Today we are going to highlight some of the more beneficial uses and forms of mold.  Learning to understand the positive effects of mold can lead to a more balanced and appreciative opinion on the greater impact mold plays in our lives.

Mold in Food:

Cheese – White molds on the rinds of Brie and Camembert cheese contribute to their smooth creamy texture and unique aroma. Blue molds create striking veins in blue cheeses like Stilton and contribute a peppery taste and distinct aroma.

Soy Foods – Fermented soy sauce, miso and tempeh owe much of their desirable taste and texture to mold fermentation.

Molds in Medicine:

Antibiotics and other drugs – Penicillin and other essential antibiotics were developed from molds, as were some other medications/

Molds in Manufacturing:

Enzymes – Molds are used industrially to produce enzymes that are used in the production of other products. For example, mold can be used to make the enzyme rennet that curds milk for cheese production.

Molds in the Environment:

Decay – Molds play a key role in the breakdown of organic materials and recycle nutrients back through our ecosystem.

If you learned something please share this post.  Otherwise, we hope the next time you are dealing with the negative side effects of mold you can think about all of the positive ways it affects our lives.

Irreplaceable History Trickling Away

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Irreplaceable History Trickling Away Don't let water damage destroy priceless memorabilia.

The worst type of water damage isn’t always the damage caused to the building, but what is inside the building.  This is the case for the library department at Eastern New Mexico University located in Portales, New Mexico.  While faculty and students alike were at home enjoying the last week of their winter break, a disaster struck.  Unbeknownst to them a pipe in the ceiling busted due to the cold temperatures.

When the faculty returned to their beloved library, they arrived to find a portion of books located in their closed stacks area to be damaged by water.  Due to the busted pipes in the ceiling, water began to build up until the ceiling boards.  After enough buildup the ceiling caved in causing water to rush downwards, building up on the floor, corrupting invaluable history in the form of literature.

This was the true disaster awaiting the library staff on their return from their winter break.  Some books had autographs of authors long past, but the text can still be bought anew.  Other documents were of intimate history directly related to the school, such as editions of the student newspapers dating all the way back to its inception in 1934.  With no digital copies available, these snapshots of history are in danger of being lost forever.  Maybe the biggest lost for the library is the Mexican Antiquity Books.  A collection of 9 books dating all the way back to the 1700s.  The monetary loss of these books (worth thousands of dollars) is nothing compared to the loss of history and culture stored in this books.

No matter the damage to these books, hope has not been lost.  The university took the proper procedure in this situation.  They called a restoration company to help remediate all of the damage.  In this scenario that includes document recovery.  Started by flash freezing the papers then putting them through a process that transfers the water directly from a frozen state into the evaporated state, thus skipping the liquid state; the chance of recovering these documents and their information is still possible. 

The best defense against unwanted water damage is constant maintenance and upkeep of your pipes.  Although accidents can occur no matter how prepared you are; in such a situation don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque, were here to help 24/7, day or night.  You can reach us at (505)-828-3567

8 Common Causes of Water Damage

1/31/2018 (Permalink)

Busted/Leaking Pipes

Having leaking or broken pipes is a major cause of water damage in residential and commercial buildings, making them one of the most common causes of water damage.  Clogged and backed up toilets create a buildup of pressure in the pipes, which leads to the busting/leaking of these pipes.  Another common problem that can develop is with garbage disposals.  If a garbage disposal isn’t working correctly it is often due to leaks near the bottom of the unit and floods cabinets with a nasty concoction of food waste and water.  Roots from trees and plants around your house can spread into sewer lines causing them to break.  Lastly, keep an eye out for old and rusty pipes as they are most prone to leaking.

Plumbing Problems

The good thing about potential plumbing problems is they can be prevented fairly easily with an occasional look over of pipes under your sink or in your basement.  Although sometimes plumbing issues are nearly impossible to detect since some pipes are hidden behind walls.  Normally these pipes cause trouble because of hoses and pipe joints that aren’t fully connected.

Crawl Space, Basement & Attic Concerns

Basements, attics, and crawl spaces are some of the most prone areas inside a house for water damage. This is in part due to the lack of temperature controls in these areas.  Humidity levels in a basement can rise over the course of time with aging infrastructure and hydrostatic pressure buildup.  When it comes to crawlspaces and attics, these areas foster dark and damp environments which are ideal for mold growth.

Malfunctioning Household Appliances

The two most common appliances that cause water damage in homes are washing machines and hot water tanks.  Other appliances such as refrigerators, dish washers are also at risk of failure.  Keep an eye on these old appliance’s pipes.  With the heavy usage of these electronics their pipes can start to rust and crack faster than other pipes around your house. 


HVAC stands for heating, ventilating, & air conditioning units.  Specifically air conditioners, due to their use of constant water flow, require regular cleaning and maintenance.  When left unkempt moisture can easily buildup leading to water and mold damage. 

Weather or Natural Disasters

This is the trickiest cause to deal with.  There is little predictability when it comes to natural disasters and weather related problems.  Take note of your environment where you live and determine which severe weather conditions are most likely.  Once you’ve identified the most concerning natural disasters in your area, take the necessary precautions to help prepare your home.  The most notable, natural water disasters include flash floods, severe storms, and hurricanes.  Don’t be reactionary, be anticipatory.


An oft overlooked cause of water damage is gutters.  Due to their presence being on the outside of the house and cleverly tucked around the home it becomes a problem of, out of sight, out of mind.  During the summer and all throughout fall debris in the forms of branches and leaves star t to flutter around the air.  As debris falls it can gather into drainage gutters and get caught, creating blockage.  As rain comes it is no longer able to be filtered away from the side of the house.  It begins to flood over the gutters and stream down the side of the house.  Additionally, if your gutters have any cracks they may be rendered ineffective.  As water flows through the gutters it’ll start to drizzle out of the crack and onto the building instead of down and away from it.   This constant flow of water can lead to the deterioration of walls due to constant wetness.  Even worse, buildup can form around the structure of the home, leading to water leaking into the home (such as the basement), resulting in constant leaks or mold.

Flat Roofs

If you have a home with a flat roof you are at a higher risk of experiencing water trouble on your roof.  Most flat roofs are built with a minor incline to prevent rainfall from forming standing water on the roof.  This slight incline allows the water to drain off the roof.  Flat roof water trouble comes when debris, manmade and from nature, starts to accumulate on the roof.  With enough weight this can cause enough pressure to the weakest points of the flat roof which can cause the roof to warp ever so slightly inward.  Water will start to pool up on the roof at these warped areas.  During the coldest times of the year water can start to freeze up near the drainage point of the flat roof.  Ice dams start to form, preventing the drainage of water from the roof.  If this goes on frequently and long enough water can start to damage the roof of your house and eve n create cracks which turn into leaks.  These leaks cause moisture to seep into the ceiling of your house.  The problem turns from standing water on your roof to water damage and mold damage on the roof and ceiling of your home.

Help Homeless Individuals Don't Criminalize Them

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Community Help Homeless Individuals Don't Criminalize Them The "There's a Better Way" pickup van! For more info check out this video:

Albuquerque, like most cities, faces the ongoing challenge of eradicating homelessness.  It isn’t an easy problem to face, particularly when many ordinances passed by city council members try to solve the problem through negative reinforcement such as penalization, criminalization, and incarceration.   There is an often overlooked, more challenging, yet more beneficial approach to this problem.  Giving a helping hand, not just spare change, with the idea to uplift the homeless is the idea behind the “There’s a Better Way” initiative.

The “There’s a Better Way” initiative was formed in 2015 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Its mission statement is to “give panhandlers a chance at a change in life and provides caring members of our community with a better way to donate their money”.  What’s even better is the action steps that are taken in progress of this mission statement.  Signs are posted around major panhandling destinations to inform panhandlers of a way to contact someone who can assist them in finding work.  Additionally, St. Martin’s branded “There’s a Better Way” van drives to areas frequented by panhandlers to inform them of how they can get temporary work (paying above minimum wage) to help them get back on their feet.  This work comes in the form of assisting the City’s Solid Waste Department via landscape beautification and garbage removal.  After their workday is completed they are picked up and taken to St. Martin’s to connect them with housing, a warm meal, employment opportunities, as well as mental health and social services.

This program has been such a positive reworking of how to tackle the issue of panhandling, that many other cities around the United States have begun similar initiatives.  Some cities include:

  • Denver
  • Tuscon
  • Chicago
  • Portland, Maine
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Seattle
  • Amarillo
  • San Antonio
  • Dallas

According to data collected by the City of Albuquerque, “There’s a Better Way” has provided 4,240 day jobs, helped house 21 homeless residents, and connected 414 people with continued work since its inception in 2015.  This is just for the program in Albuquerque. Not only have the results been positive, the feedback has been well received.

The really disappointing part is the implementation of the Pedestrian Safety Ordinance (PSO); passed by the City Council on November 6th, 2017.  This ordinance goes directly against the successful implementation of the “There’s a Better Way” program.  The PSO goes in the direction of trying to criminalize panhandlers again instead of attempting to address the problem at its root in a helpful way.  The PSO specifically bans “physical interaction or exchange with a pedestrian” at specific locations, such as street medians and highway entrances.

What’s even worse is that all of the cited research and data used to justify the implementation of the PSO, all predates the implementation of the innovative “There’s a Better Way” program.  The very program that has earned the City of Albuquerque national praise as a forward thinking administration is potentially being undercut by this new legislation.  Instead of building off recent successful legislation the city council is moving Albuquerque two steps backwards.

The positive thing to remember is that the “There’s a Better Way” program is still in effect today.  If the Albuquerque community bands together to show strong support of this program we can still encourage progressive policies.  I ask of you, if you are inspired to help, please donate your time as a volunteer or any amount of money that you can afford to St. Martin’s, Heading Home, Healthcare for the Homeless, The New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, or the Barrett House. Each of these organizations is in some way involved with the “There’s a Better Way” program. 


Disaster Preparedness: 40% of Small Businesses go out of Business After a Disaster

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Disaster Preparedness: 40% of Small Businesses go out of Business After a Disaster Let SERVPRO help assist you in creating a disaster preparedness plan

It’s a harsh reality of opening a small business.  Most of the owners efforts are focused on the opening and consequent upkeep of their small business.  Many of them don’t find much necessity in focusing on more unlikely and uncontrollable disasters that can affect their business.  With this oversight comes a high cost; 40% of small business are never able to open their doors again after suffering a disaster (as reported by CBC & SurveyMonkey’s Small Business Survey). 

With the life changing altering consequences a disaster can have on any business, it’s important to be prepared in the event of a disaster.  It’s a case of “better to be safe than sorry”.  This is why it is important to have a ready-made plan to follow through with when confronted with the unexpected. Having a disaster readiness plan can’t always prevent a disaster from occurring but it can increase the chances that your business reopens, and stays open, successfully.

Do yourself a favor to prepare for a disaster now, to give yourself a greater sense of peace of mind in the future.  Here are five helpful tips to consider for all small business who are wanting to prepare for the unexpected.

1) Keep you Company Records in the Cloud

This one may seem obvious given our societies current reliance on electronic technology and the internet.  Though this doesn’t apply to all businesses; especially small businesses with tighter budgets.  Most cloud based services will give you a limited amount of space to use for free on their service.  This is great for newly started businesses or businesses whom are starting to transfer their information from physical copies to the cloud.  Once this storage is fully used then it’s time to consider buying more cloud storage.

Having all of your data stored to the cloud doesn’t mean you have to stop keeping physical records, instead it works as a safety net in the event of a disaster.   It also give you the ability to access all of this information from anywhere, not just your office. This is the one tip that is most versatile for all of the different things it can do for your business.

2) Have a Plan to Communicate to Employees, Vendors, and Customers

When preparing for a disaster it’s best to prepare for the worst case scenario.  If your physical location is out of commission make sure to have a separate plan to address all employees, vendors, and customers. The reason you have a different plan for each is because each set of people have different needs when dealing with your company. 

You should always address your employees first.  They should be properly trained and aware of how to proceed, otherwise they won’t be able to effectively communicate and help with all vendors and customers.  They are the foundation of your business and will be crucial to making sure business will continue as smoothly as possible during this turbulent time. 

Additionally, your employees will be wondering if they will be out of a job or if they need to worry about finding another source of income while the business gets up and running.  This can cause all employees to stress and lead to them leaving the company due uncertainty.  If they are well informed of what to do during a disaster this can not only put them at ease, but also make sure they still have work to accomplish, knowing they will still be able to get the money they need to provide for themselves and their family.

With vendors it’s important to contact them to work out an arrangement until you can get your business back on its feet.  This way vendors won’t send you products you can’t store, sell, or pay for.  The vendors will respect this and know that if they can work with you they can keep you as a customer, therefore working in both of your favors.  This can help grow your relationship with a vendor and help you during your comeback.

Lastly, it’s important to contact your customer and inform them of your situation.  No need to leave them in the dark and risk them going to a competitor.  Transparency is crucial.  Alert them as to how long and why you will be closed.  Additionally, this also means that you must alert them as to when your “grand re-opening” occurs.  Especially with your most best, most loyal customers you don’t want to leave it up to social media to alert them, you want to get in front of them as directly as possible.  If you put forth the effort for them, they are more likely to give you their word of mouth and business.

3) Develop a Plan to Keep Operations Running During the Repair Process

This step goes hand in hand with communicating with your employees.  Make sure all involved in your business are prepared to keep the business running.  If you have an online store, consider shipping any undamaged products or talking to your vendor and getting products drop shipped.  Finding creative ways to keep your business running while your physical space is getting repaired is important in not allowing your business to close.

4) Analyze Potential Threats

As stated earlier, it’s best to assess and prepare for all potential disasters.  When preparing, do be smart about what disasters you prepare for.  For example, in New Mexico, there’s no use in preparing for a hurricane but there is value in preparing for a fire, flooding, even tornadoes; these are some of the most common natural disasters experienced around the state.  So while it’s recommended you prepare for all disasters, be smart about where you are located and what type you prioritize.

5) Actively Practice Drills

Once a preparedness plan has been created and is ready to be put into effect don’t allow it to sit there and gather dust in a folder.  Train employees on exactly what to do and how to use the preparedness plan.  Once all employees have been trained and know their specific responsibilities, practice.  Practice implementing the preparedness plan much like a fire drill is practiced.  If people learn it once and don’t have to use it for years to come, they will forget what to do; making all of the hard work it took to create a plan for naught.

 It may seem unlikely and a waste of time, but in the unfortunate event that you need to use the plan, it can prove to be a business and job saver for many.

Drought Forming in Parts of New Mexico

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Drought Forming in Parts of New Mexico New Mexico drought map courtesy of "U.S. Drought Monitor"

New Mexican’s may not be used to a white Christmas but there is generally a little bit of snow around to satisfy their cravings.  This year that hasn’t been the case.  For example, Ski Santa Fe has only received 7 inches of snow so far this year; shocking when compared to a seasonal average of 225 inches of natural snowfall.  The warm temperatures are also making it hard to sustain manmade snow, even at the higher elevations near the mountains peaks.  This has all lead to a new drought that is just starting to take effect.

Symptoms of a drought are beginning to form around the state.  This is unwelcomed news since just three and a half months ago the entirety of New Mexico was drought free for the first time since the USDA Drought Monitor started in 1999. Even with the weather recently turning positive in New Mexico, having drought symptoms isn’t anything new to the residents of this state.  New Mexicans know the conditions all too well and how important it is to take preventative measures to ensure no fires ignite.

Here’s a friendly reminder to all, be aware of precipitation and weather conditions wherever you reside in the state.  Don’t do anything reckless or careless when dealing with fires, grills, stoves, chimneys, or any other heat sources.  Be smart and take proper procedures to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your community. 

If any accidents do occur, don’t hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of NE Albuquerque, our immediate response team will be on the scene ASAP!  Our number is (505)-828-3567, we’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”