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BernCo Opens Los Vecinos Community Center to Families Displaced by Dog Head Fire

06/15/2016 11:54 PM | Nancy Carpenter

Dear Members and Residents of the East Mountains:

For updated information about the fire, visit https://www.facebook.com/Dog-Head-Fire-Information-285293221817495/.

For Immediate Release

June 15, 2016


Contact: Andy Lenderman


O. (505) 314-0403

C. (505) 414-0485

BernCo Opens Los Vecinos Community Center to Families Displaced by Dog Head Fire

Los Vecinos Community Center located at 478 ½ Old Highway 66 in Tijeras

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County has opened Los Vecinos Community Center in Tijeras to people who have evacuated their homes because of the Dog Head forest fire in the Manzano Mountains.

The community center is located at 478 ½ Old Highway 66 in Tijeras. The phone is (505) 314-0240.

The community center will stay open throughout the night to accept families. Animals are also accepted.

“Now is the time for residents in the south 337 area to prepare to leave their homes on short notice,” says Commission Vice Chair Wayne Johnson, whose district includes the East Mountain area. “Residents should have their ‘go bags’ ready and make preparations to move their animals should an evacuation become necessary.”

If anyone needs assistance with sheltering livestock, contact Bernalillo County 468-PETS or 311 for the City of Albuquerque.

A more complete list of emergency prep guidelines are attached.

For updated information about the fire, visit https://www.facebook.com/Dog-Head-Fire-Information-285293221817495/.

About Bernalillo County

Bernalillo County is 1,160 square miles and is New Mexico’s most populous county with more than 674,000 residents. Bernalillo County government provides a wide range of public services to residents who live in Albuquerque, Los Ranchos and Tijeras and the 111,000 residents who live outside the village and city limits in the unincorporated areas of the county.  Bernalillo County employs approximately 2,500 people and has an annual operating budget and capital investments of more than $500 million. Elected officials include five county commissioners, assessor, clerk, probate judge, sheriff and treasurer.    



For evacuation purposes, know all escape routes within your home.

Designate a family meeting place and make sure everyone is accounted


Make a list of your emergency contacts, including out of state

relatives/friends to advise them of your current status and location.

Know how to turn off water, gas and electricity.

Listen to radio news broadcasts on a battery-operated radio

Prepare an emergency kit that you can carry with you

Don’t forget your pets and their supplies. (More information about animals

care ahead).



A Home Readiness Kit is a vital precaution for every family in case of an


Assemble the following items to last THREE DAYS FOR EACH MEMBER OF


WATER: One gallon per person per day. Store water in sealed, unbreakable


FOOD: Non perishable, packaged or canned food that will not spoil and a

manual can opener. Powdered or canned milk. Hard candy, sugar, salt and

pepper. Canned heat (Sterno©). Don’t forget pet food if you have pets.

CLOTHING: A change of clothing, rain gear, sturdy shoes, hats, gloves,

sunglasses, rubber boots, extra blankets or sleeping bags.

SUPPLIES: A battery-powered radio, matches, and lighter, candles,

flashlight and plenty of extra batteries. Plastic plates, utensils, plastic storage

containers, paper, pencils and duct tape.

FIRST AID KIT: Bandages, gauze, tape, alcohol and/or peroxide, aspirin or

non-aspirin pain relief, antacid, laxative, anti-diarrhea medication, antiseptic

and eye wash.

MONEY: Credit cards and cash

DOCUMENTS: Essential family documents, vital records, physician contact

information, and contact names and telephone numbers, placed in a fireproof,

waterproof container.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Baby items, formula, medication, toys and books. Items

for the elderly and those with special needs.


You may be asked to prepare to evacuate if a situation has the potential of

escalating to the point where evacuation is required. During this time, authorities

will take action to alleviate the emergency and will prepare for an orderly

evacuation, should it become necessary.

Listen to news broadcasts on radio and/or television for further evacuation

information. If you are at home, you should gather any clothing and medication

you will need for a few days away from home.



If you are bedridden, wheelchair bound, handicapped, or medically unable to

evacuate and you are without the assistance or need help evacuation, please call

911 and request assistance for evacuation during an emergency. (Please be

ready to provide information about medical condition or mobility problem).


Local government officials, not the Red Cross, issue evacuation orders when

disaster threatens. Listen to local radio and television reports. If local officials ask

you to leave, do so immediately!

If you have only moments before leaving, grab these things and go!

Medical supplies: prescription medications and dentures.

Disaster supplies: flashlight, batteries, radio, first aid kit, bottled water

Clothing and bedding: a change of clothes and a sleeping bag or bedroll

and pillow for each household member

Car keys and keys to the place you may be going (friend's or relative's




You will need the following supplies when you leave your home; put them

all together in a duffle bag or other large container in advance:

Flashlight with plenty of extra batteries

Battery-powered radio with extra batteries

First aid kit

Prescription medications in their original bottle, plus copies of the


Eyeglasses (with a copy of the prescription)

Water (at least one gallon per person is recommended; more is better)

Foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking

Items that infants and elderly household members may require

Medical equipment and devices such as dentures, crutches, prostheses,


Change of clothes for each household member

Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member

Checkbook, cash, and credit cards

Map of the area

Important papers to take with you:

o Driver's license or personal identification

o Social Security card

o Proof of residence (deed or lease)

o Insurance policies

o Birth and marriage certificates

o Stocks, bonds, and other negotiable certificates

o Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns


Animals also are affected by disasters. Use the guidelines below to prepare a

plan for caring for pets and large animals.

Guidelines for Pets

Plan for pet disaster needs by:

o Identifying shelter.

o Gathering pet supplies.

o Ensuring your pet has proper ID and up-to-date veterinarian records.

o Providing a pet carrier and leash.

o Take the following steps to prepare to shelter your pet:

o Call your local animal shelter, or animal control office to get advice and


o Keep veterinary records to prove vaccinations are current.

o Find out which local hotels and motels allow pets and where pet boarding

facilities are located. Be sure to research some outside your local area in

case local facilities close.

Know that, with the exception of service animals, pets are not typically permitted

in emergency shelters as they may affect the health and safety of other


Guidelines for Large Animals

If you have large animals such as horses, cattle, sheep, goats, or pigs on your

property, be sure to prepare before a disaster.

Use the following guidelines:

o Ensure all animals have some form of identification.

o Evacuate animals whenever possible. Map out primary and secondary

routes in advance.

o Make available vehicles and trailers needed for transporting and

supporting each type of animal. Also make available experienced handlers

and drivers. (Note: It is best to allow animals a chance to become

accustomed to vehicular travel so they are less frightened and easier to


Ensure pets have food, water, veterinary care, and handling equipment

when they reach their destination.

o If evacuation is not possible, animal owners must decide whether to move

large animals, shelter, or turn them loose.

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