Stay Safe During Winter Storms in New Mexico

The New Mexico Department of Transportation, New Mexico State Police, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management are reminding citizens to take necessary precautions to stay safe during the winter storms expected to hit New Mexico. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of Northern New Mexico.

With the possibility of snowfall, sleet and high winds, citizens should have essential supplies ready to stay safe at home, at work, and in their vehicles. In addition, road conditions may be significantly impacted during winter storms requiring motorists to drive with extra caution, allow additional time to travel and provide ample space for first responders and snowplows.

“With upcoming snow storms, motorists should remember to drive with caution, and visit NMROADS.COM for road and travel advisory information,” said state Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez. “The Department of Transportation is ready for the onset of winter and will do everything it can during winter storms to keep the traveling public safe.”

“The recent winter weather serves as a reminder that significant snowfall can strand motorists,” said Chief Robert Shilling with the NMSP. “To stay safe, citizens should prepare ahead of time, have adequate supply of essential items, including food, water, blankets, flashlights and a full-tank of gas.”

Personnel with NMDOT in conjunction with NMSP and the DHSEM are actively
monitoring winter weather situations to disseminate ongoing weather updates. If the
situation warrants, all state departments are ready to respond as necessary.
Travel safety tips:

  • If you must travel, carry an emergency supply kit in your vehicle with essential items and let someone know your destination, your route and when you expect to arrive.
  • Check road conditions before traveling by visiting the New Mexico Department of Transportation travel and road advisory website at http://nmroads.com/.
  • Always wear your safety belt and allow extra time to reach your destination.
  • To remain focused on driving, motorists should put away the distractions by not talking or texting on cellular phones.
  • Provide snowplows enough space to plow and be cautious when passing.
  • Provide first responders enough space by moving over one lane.

Citizens are reminded to:

  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency supply kit that includes essential items like nonperishable food, water, blankest, flashlights with extra batteries and emergency contact information.
  • Stay tuned to local media outlets for the most up-to-date weather conditions and any emergency information.
  • If possible delay travel, and stay inside during a storm.
  • Review the DHSEM Family Preparedness Guide: http://goo.gl/BEawR

For additional information contact Manon Arnett, NMDOT Public Information Officer at
(575) 201-8283; Tim Johnson, NMSP Public Information Officer at (505) 795-1080; or
Nick Piatek, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Public
Information Officer at (505) 476-0626.
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