New Mexico Department of Health
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Kenny Vigil
505-827-2619 Office
505-470-2290 Mobile

Take the Challenge New Mexico!

September 10, 2015 - Medical Reserve Corps - Awareness

It is our hope that you will register with NM MRC Serves, to volunteer your time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies here in New Mexico. We encourage all to register! Whether you are a healthcare professional or a lay volunteer, you will have the ability to assist New Mexico, or another state, in response to a disaster.September is National Preparedness Month.  This year, the Department of Health and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are encouraging New Mexicans to take the month of September to think about how an emergency would affect their community, family and pets.  It’s always important to be ready for an emergency situation or a natural disaster. Depending on the situation, people may only have minutes to evacuate.

We ask every New Mexican to Take the Challenge  and participate in America’s PrepareAthon! and National PreparAthon! Day, on September 30.  What do you need to do?


Take the Challenge

By September 30 challenge yourself, your family and your neighbors to do three things:

1. Create a Communication Plan for your Family

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes.  Plan for how you would communicate, where you would reunite if separated, or where you would evacuate to during an emergency.

Visit the Emergency Communication Plan page for more information.

2. Build an Emergency Kit

Plan now for how you would stay safe in your home.  Build an Emergency Kit that contains food, water, clothing, medication, a flashlight and important documents.  Every member in the home, including pets, will need a kit.  If an emergency forces you to leave your home, take your Emergency Kit with you.  If you must shelter in your home for several days and wait for help, your Emergency Kit is ready for you to use.

Visit the Emergency Supply Kit Construction page for more information.

3. Volunteer in your Community

During an emergency many volunteers will be needed.  Medical volunteers, translators, people with skills in many different areas will be assisting in their communities during a disaster.  Get registered now and receive the training needed as a volunteer before a disaster strikes. There are many different organizations you can get involved with.  In New Mexico, you can volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps.  Visit the Medical Reserve Corps Serves website to sign up with the Medical Reserve Corps or call for more information.


Learn More

Children can also play a key role in helping families prepare for disasters. The Emergency Kit and Family Communications Plan Video shows how children can get engaged in preparing a communication plan and an emergency tool kit.

For more information in on emergency preparedness for kids in both English and Spanish, visit the resources below.

Other resources include the Emergency Preparedness for Seniors and the Emergency Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities pages.


Media Contact

We would be happy to provide additional information about this press release. Simply contact Kenny Vigil at 505-827-2619 (Office) or 505-470-2290 (Mobile) with your questions.


Versión en Español

En un esfuerzo para hacer que nuestros comunicados de prensa sean más accesibles, también tenemos disponibles una versión en español. Por favor presione el enlace de abajo para acceder a la traducción.

¡La Secretaria de Salud Retta Ward y el Secretario de Seguridad Nacional Jay Mitchell Animan a Todos en Nuevo México a Tomar el Reto!