Comment on State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Through Aug.15


The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is in the process of updating the State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan.

The Plan presents the State’s mitigation strategy for reducing the impact of natural disasters.

The State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan includes the following sections: natural hazard profiles, risk assessment, vulnerability, capability and recommended mitigation actions. The Plan provides an overall strategy that can be used to guide natural hazard mitigation planning and project implementation throughout the State.

Approximately 70 planning team members and subject matter experts participated in the Plan up-date process over the past 18 months. State and federal agencies were asked to participate in the process. All tribal entities in the State were also asked to participate.

The State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is required to be updated every three years by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. As part of that process, the public is offered an opportunity to review and provide comments on the Plan.

To review the draft 2103 State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, go to (Once at the web site, a reader can left-click on the PDF file that is listed at the bottom of the page to open the Plan. A reader could also to right-click and select ‘Save Link/File As…’ to download a copy. Because it is a large file, it may take several minutes to download.)

The comment period will be open from July 15 to Aug. 15. Direct comments to Wendy Blackwell, the N.M. hazard mitigation officer with the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Comments can be submitted to

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