County to receive emergency management grants

Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County will receive $42,500 in emergency management grants. The grants are from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and distributed through the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. City of Portales Emergency Management Director Keith Wattenbarger said Roosevelt County received money for three projects. Wattenbarger said $20,000 would […]

Officials to test 911 mass notification system

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By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer Portales and Roosevelt County residents could soon receive a call from the 911 mass notification system. The system, a joint project of the city and county, can be used to notify and inform residents at the same time, said Keith Wattenbarger, city and county emergency management director. The system […]

Grant helps city, county prepare for disaster

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer City of Portales and Roosevelt County personnel said they benefited from a federal grant for vulnerability assessments in Roosevelt County. The equipment and training purchased through grant monies will be used to form vulnerability assessments teams in Roosevelt County, said Keith Wattenbarger, Portales and Roosevelt County Emergency Management Director. […]

Prepared for emergencies

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By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County Emergency Management staff is close to completing the installation of four new sirens and a reverse 911 calling system to contact Roosevelt County residents. The Roosevelt Emergency Management staff plans to test a siren today on U.S. Highway 70. The four new sirens and the reverse 911 […]

Lightning sparks grass fires

PNT Staff Report According to Roosevelt County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Keith Wattenbarger, area fire departments were kept busy Monday night and early Tuesday morning with several grass fires sparked by lightning as a storm moved across the county south of Portales. The largest of those fires was reported around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday on Roosevelt Road […]

Officials tout Reverse 911 phone system

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Emergency Management Director Keith Thomas Wattenbarger presented information on a Reverse 911 phone system during Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Roosevelt County Commission. The system would be used by the city of Portales and Roosevelt County. Initial setup for the system will be just under $30,000 with upgrades available. […]

Storm spotters alert area

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Storm spotters performed well on Friday night, according to local emergency preparedness personnel. Though the storm moved quickly through Roosevelt and Curry counties, a warning time of 15 to 20 minutes was available to the communities in its path. Roosevelt County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Keith Wattenbarger said spotters include […]