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Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline provides year-round, 24/7 phone- and text-based crisis counseling to anyone who is experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters within the U.S. and territories.

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Vecino Fund

New Mexico Community Foundation’s Vecino Fund provides “neighbor helping neighbor” funds for individuals in times of crisis, including after a wildfire. While NMCF does not give money directly to individuals, it provides financial assistance to agencies and organizations to purchase needed supplies and services to then assist individuals.

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New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

The NMDHSEM offers assistance to communities rather than at the individual level. However, individuals seeking advice after a wildfire can call the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security’s Public Information Officer at 505-476-0626 or the main line at 505-476-9600.

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Water Quality & Safety: Private Well Testing

The New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) provides free testing of private domestic wells to check for contamination after a wildfire.

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General Forest Restoration Assistance

As part of their scope of work, NM Forestry is able to assist landowners in working with other governmental organizations to find and secure necessary tools and funding to stabilize and restore their burned properties and watersheds.

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American Red Cross

The American Red Cross responds to disasters 365 days a year and can assist impacted individuals with their immediate emergency needs.

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Help for Businesses and Nonprofits

If your business or private, nonprofit organization has suffered physical damage or your small business or private, nonprofit organization of any size has sustained economic injury after a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the SBA.

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Help for Renters and Homeowners

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans with long-term repayments to qualifying individuals and businesses.

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The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides temporary assistance for families in need, including vouchers for rent and emergency aid and legal aid.

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Self Help, Inc.

Each year, through grants and private and public contributions, Self Help is able to support those who need help most during emergencies to the residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos counties.

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Helping Children Cope with Disaster

Disasters can be especially stressful for families with children. FEMA (the Federal Emergency Managment Agency) and Sesame Street provide resources to assist you in helping children cope with disaster.

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Assistance with Natural Disaster Losses

The Farm Service Agency provides assistance for natural disaster losses, resulting from drought, flood, fire, freeze, tornadoes, pest infestation, and other calamities. For example, they provide assistance after a disaster to eligible livestock producers, honeybee producers, orchardists, forestland owners, tree nurseries and more.

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Food Assistance

The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) may help you replace food lost in a disaster or help you apply for benefits.

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New Mexico Burned Area Initiative

The NRCS NM Burned Area Initiative is part of the NRCS' Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The Burned Area Initiative is designed to help landowners restore conservation practices destroyed in fires or by off-site fire impacts. All EQIP programs have a continuous sign-up period.

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Assistance for Individuals and Families

Assistance for individuals may be more limited than to communities. In addition to these resources, you may find assistance offered by community volunteers and local organizations that are not included here. Local volunteers and organizations can often mobilize quickly to provide services such as moving and sheltering livestock or pets, providing household supplies to fire victims, and meeting other needs not met by the major agencies and organizations.

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