Wind, rain, snow storms, floods, wildfires and severe weather are some of the conditions that can cause emergencies or disasters for the people of the Southwest.
In recent years the Southwest has experienced extreme weather:
- In desert areas, Native people must endure extreme heat that can cause droughts, blinding dust or sand storms, and a monsoon season that can wash out roads and make travel over the vast distances nearly impossible
- Along the southern coast, mudslides and flooding have caused the loss of homes, resources and businesses
- In the mountains and higher elevations, blizzards stranded people and livestock for several days in rural areas
- Across the Southwest, wildfires are always a danger and an earthquake can happen with no warning taking down power lines and causing broken water lines
Remember to make a plan, build a kit, and be informed
FEMA Offers Regional Resources
FEMA offers the following resources to help local communities to plan and prepare. All files can be freely downloaded, printed, emailed or broadcasted.
Community Awareness Campaigns
Local radio stations may be willing to broadcast this public service announcement (PSA) as a community service at no charge.
Radio PSA Transcript
Southwest Poster (PDF)
Visit the Ready Publications section for additional resources for families, children, elders, pet owners, individuals with access and functional needs and businesses.
New Mexico - FEMA Region VI Office
FRC 800 North Loop 288
Denton, TX 76209-3698
Colorado and Utah - FEMA Region VIII Office
Denver Federal Center Building 710, Box 25267
Denver, CO 80225-0267
Arizona, California and Nevada - FEMA Region IX Office
1111 Broadway, Suite 1200
Oakland, CA 94607-4052