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FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik Hooks Visits New Mexico Emergency Management and Tribal Leaders

Hooks met with tribes and the state’s emergency management leaders to discuss the ongoing response to wildfires and other ongoing recovery projects.

FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik Hooks traveled to New Mexico to connect with state and tribal leaders and discuss agency partnerships on preparedness, mitigation and response efforts as the region experiences continued increases in major wildfires.

Hooks met with tribes and the state’s emergency management leaders to discuss the ongoing response to wildfires and other ongoing recovery projects in the state.

“I enjoyed discussing FEMA’s support and ongoing partnership opportunities with state and tribal leaders” said Hooks. “Wildfire mitigation, as well as preparedness and readiness efforts were priority topics, along with how FEMA can continue to better support underserved communities across both the state and the nation.”

Hooks met with Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Diego Arecon about the four declared Fire Management Assistance Grants in the state. A prolonged drought across the Western U.S. has raised the risk of wildfires in the region. The Southwest Coordination Center reported New Mexico wildfires had burned over 173,000 acres this year alone, a figure that is greater than seven of the last eight years.

Hooks also met with tribal leaders from Santa Clara Pueblo, Santa Domingo Pueblo and Pueblo of Santa Ana and visited ongoing FEMA mitigation projects with the leaders that are meant to tackle flood control and wildfire prevention. FEMA Deputy Administrator Erik Hooks traveled to New Mexico to connect with state and tribal leaders and discuss agency partnerships on preparedness, mitigation and response efforts as the region experiences continued increases in major wildfires.

Hooks met with tribes and the state’s emergency management leaders to discuss the ongoing response to wildfires and other ongoing recovery projects in the state. “I enjoyed discussing FEMA’s support and ongoing partnership opportunities with state and tribal leaders,” said Hooks. “Wildfire mitigation, as well as preparedness and readiness efforts were priority topics, along with how FEMA can continue to better support underserved communities across both the state and the nation.” Hooks met with State Director of Emergency Management, Diego Arecon about the four declared Fire Management Assistance Grants in the state. A prolonged drought across the Western U.S. has raised the risk of wildfires in the region. The Southwest Coordination Center reported New Mexico wildfires had burned over 173,000 acres this year alone, a figure that is greater than seven of the last eight years.

Hooks also met with tribal leaders from Santa Clara Pueblo, Santa Domingo Pueblo and Pueblo of Santa Ana and visited ongoing FEMA mitigation projects with the leaders that are meant to tackle flood control and wildfire prevention.

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