Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Helping Displaced Los Alamos Folks

I just noticed this e-mail from the The Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council spreading the word for people to donate food and other items:
The Food Depot, 122 Slier Road In Santa Fe  --(505) 471-1633, is collecting:
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The Evacuation. (From LANL FLICKR feed)

- Bottled water
- Handheld snacks such as granola and breakfast bars, trail mix, nuts, dried fruit
- Protein items such as peanut butter and beef jerky
- Meal supplies such as dried beans, rice and pasta
- Personal care items such as deodorant, toothpaste/toothbrushes, bar soap, shampoo/conditioner, hand wipes
- Paper products such as toilet tissue, napkins, cups, plates, towels, plastic cutlery
- NO clothing or household items will be accepted

Area Labor Unions and Other Socially Active Organizations Are Being Asked to Donate Money to Help Purchase Some Of These Items … Or Go Out And Buy $100-200 Worth Of These Items And Deliver Them To The Food Depot (Please Click for More Information).

Items should be delivered Tuesday Afternoon (1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, or on Wednesday Morning 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon, and Wednesday Afternoon From 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and Thursday If Necessary)

Earlier today, Gov. Susana Martinez announced that a shelter for the Los Alamos evacuees has been established at Cities of Gold Casino.

“It is important that residents ensure their safety by heeding these evacuation orders and finding a place to stay away from the fire and heavy smoke, whether it’s with relatives, with friends, or at a shelter,” Martinez said.

“Residents can proceed to Cities of Gold where the Red Cross and local officials are coordinating accommodations to residents evacuating as a result of the Las Conchas Fire,” Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary Michael Duvall said. “It is important that residents know of the location of the shelter and that evacuation assistance is in place to protect lives.”

As needed, additional shelters may be announced.

In a separate news release, Martinez said that she does not have the power as governor to ban firewords, but urged New Mexicans to cool it.

“There is absolutely no reason to buy, sell, or use personal fireworks in New Mexico this summer,” she said. “The potential consequences are simply too severe and the patriotic thing to do this 4th of July is to attend a public fireworks display, or celebrate the 4th fireworks free.”

Updates on the Los Conchas fire can be found at www.nmfireinfo.com or www.inciweb.org.

Follow the New Mexican's live blog of the fire HERE. It looks like Staci Matlock has some fairly recent updates.

UPDATE: Staci has a list of other places to make donations at the bottom of her latest story HERE.