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Natural Disasters

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

New Mexico's Risk Factor

When most states talk about natural disasters they are referring to earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Well, we definitely do not have hurricanes, as for the other to we are pretty lucky in New Mexico with our minimum risk factor. On average New Mexico has about 10 tornadoes a year. As for earthquakes, the largest earthquake hit Socorro in 1906. Although we still experience minor quakes in parts of the state, none of which cause too much damage. So if we do not have major disasters, what do we have.

In New Mexico our “natural disasters” include:

  • Hail Storms
  • Wildfires
  • Monsoons
  • Lightning Storms
  • Wind Storms
  • Ice Storms
  • Snow Storms

Each one of these happens sporadically throughout the state, and each year the experience and threat level is different. While in the last two years, with the monsoon seasons we saw significant rainfall, but this year has started off pretty minimal. Our marketing rep, Brandy, was recently talking about the snowstorm that hit at the end of 2006 and carried through the start of 2007. It was the most she was forced home from work, that was before this pandemic, of course, those were for different reasons.

In the restoration industry, we look at all of these situations just a little differently than most. For us, those things create busy seasons for us. We are there for those who are affected by a disaster, each and every time. In the SERVPRO® family we have what we call Extreme Teams. These teams really fight the aftermath of major storms. Typically chasing tornadoes and hurricanes to help people get back to a certain level of normalcy. And even though we do not experience those extreme storms, we are part of the SERVPRO® family, so we can call on them when we need it.

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