Albuquerque (KTSM) — If a natural disaster occurred, could you live in your home without help for three days or could you leave your home in 10 minutes with what you needed to live in a shelter?
In 2013, New Mexicans dealt with evacuation from their homes because of wildland fire and flood.
Others experienced electrical outages that lasted several days. No one knows when they will have to deal with such experiences. All they can do is be prepared.
New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service and the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center have created workshop curriculum on emergency preparedness for the home to help the general public be aware of what they need to do before an incident occurs.
One of the center's goals is to have New Mexicans prepared for the many disasters that can occur in the semi-arid Southwest.
It has worked with county governments to have plans for agricultural-related situations. Now the center wants to help the individual citizens be ready to respond to emergency situations.
"This training is an attempt to move communities to preparedness," said Kelly Hamilton, co-director of the center. "The more that individual people prepare as a solo person, as a family, and as a community, the better off they are going to be when something happens."
The center has asked Cooperative Extension Service home economists across the state to offer training that will help their county residents be prepared.
The workshops will be offered to any group - civic, church, community center, schools, neighborhood watch - that wishes to help its members prepare.
The length and depth of the program is flexible to the audience's needs and desires.
Classes address how to create meals with whatever you have in your cupboard, how to store food and water for your family, medicines, light sources, building a stove or oven.
The training will address things people need so they can be self-sustainable for three days if a small disaster occurs, or for three weeks if major damage occurs to the local area, or for three months if a national emergency occurs.
For more information about available workshops, or to schedule one in the Albuquerque area for a specific group, contact Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org  or 505-243-1386.