City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department

City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department The mission of the Environmental Health Department is to responsively and professionally serve the people of Albuquerque by promoting and protecting public health, by preventing disease, and by preserving the integrity and quality of our environment.

Our Critter of the Week is the porcupine. These critters are typically seen near the Bosque. The antibiotics in their sk...
07/20/2020

Our Critter of the Week is the porcupine. These critters are typically seen near the Bosque. The antibiotics in their skin prevent infection when they fall out of trees and get stuck with their quills in the ground. Remember to respect animals and leave them alone when you see them - be sure to keep your pets on a leash!

Did you know that the City of Albuquerque has mosquitofish available for free to help prevent mosquito breeding in your ...
07/19/2020

Did you know that the City of Albuquerque has mosquitofish available for free to help prevent mosquito breeding in your yards? Visit https://zcu.io/7Wgs for more information.

We know getting little ones used to wearing masks can be tricky. Try out some of these suggestions to make mask wearing ...
07/18/2020

We know getting little ones used to wearing masks can be tricky. Try out some of these suggestions to make mask wearing fun, safe, & help to develop it as a habit!

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Ladybug!🐞A ladybug can consume 5,000 aphids in their lifetime, making them ideal additions ...
07/13/2020

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Ladybug!🐞

A ladybug can consume 5,000 aphids in their lifetime, making them ideal additions to your garden🌱 Around this time of year when we feel the summer heat, ladybugs often escape to the mountains where they can be found in large numbers⛰️

It's our first ever #CritterOfTheWeek! 🦅🐝🐍 Each week we'll introduce you to a critter you can find in Albuquerque. We're...
07/06/2020

It's our first ever #CritterOfTheWeek! 🦅🐝🐍 Each week we'll introduce you to a critter you can find in Albuquerque.

We're starting with a classic- our State bird, the #roadrunner *meep meep*

Although capable of limited flight, roadrunners spend most of their time on the ground, and can run at speeds up to 20mph. Roadrunners primarily eat insects, lizards & small snakes.

Have a photo of a roadrunner in your area? Share it with us in the comments!

Protect yourself from mosquitoes 🦟Mosquitoes are crepuscular, which means they’re most active at dawn and dusk. Be espec...
07/03/2020

Protect yourself from mosquitoes 🦟

Mosquitoes are crepuscular, which means they’re most active at dawn and dusk. Be especially careful to protect yourselves during these times.

Keep Albuquerque Beautiful
07/03/2020

Keep Albuquerque Beautiful

Happy Plastic Bag Free Day! Did you know that bagging your recyclables contaminates the recycling stream? Make sure to add all of your clean recyclables loose into your recycle cart.

BBQ is a staple for 4th of July celebrations 🌭🎇Grill safely & be sure to not cross-contaminate. Always keep raw meat and...
07/03/2020

BBQ is a staple for 4th of July celebrations 🌭🎇

Grill safely & be sure to not cross-contaminate. Always keep raw meat and their juices from touching other foods. While grilling, avoid using the same utensils for cooked and ready-to-eat foods that were previously used with raw meat or poultry products.

#OneAlbuquerque

It can be difficult or even scary to get kids used to wearing masks. Encourage your kids to practice wearing a mask at h...
07/02/2020

It can be difficult or even scary to get kids used to wearing masks.

Encourage your kids to practice wearing a mask at home for short periods of time while you do an activity. With daily practice, build up to 30 minutes so they are comfortable & ready to wear them in public.

Phone, keys, wallet, MASK! 📱 🔑👛😷Remember, masks are mandatory in public spaces and reduce spreading COVID-19 in our comm...
07/02/2020

Phone, keys, wallet, MASK! 📱 🔑👛😷

Remember, masks are mandatory in public spaces and reduce spreading COVID-19 in our community. Do not leave your home without one or you could face a $100 fine.

Let's enjoy Independence Day safely!✅ Practice safe social distancing (6 ft apart)✅ Do not gather in large groups (house...
07/01/2020

Let's enjoy Independence Day safely!
✅ Practice safe social distancing (6 ft apart)
✅ Do not gather in large groups (household members only)
✅ Wear a face mask at all times while in public places

#OneAlbuquerque

Here are some ways to celebrate Independence Day that are fun and safe. Remember, COVID-19 doesn't take a break for holi...
06/30/2020

Here are some ways to celebrate Independence Day that are fun and safe. Remember, COVID-19 doesn't take a break for holidays!

🍔 Have a backyard BBQ with your household members
🎆 Watch the fireworks launched from various City sites from the comfort of your driveway or patio
🎇 Enjoy legal fireworks used safely on your property

#OneAlbuquerque

It's #MosquitoAwarenessWeek! 🦟 Stay protected this week and all year long against mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are crepuscular...
06/25/2020

It's #MosquitoAwarenessWeek! 🦟 Stay protected this week and all year long against mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are crepuscular, which means they’re most active at dawn and dusk. Be especially careful to protect yourselves during these times.

We're here for our community and want to help our local businesses who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 ...
06/25/2020

We're here for our community and want to help our local businesses who have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 health order restrictions. The following permit fees will be waived for the 2020 calendar year (for businesses who have already paid in 2020, refunds will be automatically issued soon):
🏊 Swimming pool
🍴 Restaurant inspection
🚚 Food truck
👩🏽‍🌾 Growers market

The FDA urges consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol to seek immediate treatment for pote...
06/25/2020

The FDA urges consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol to seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. FDA recommends consumers dispose of these hand sanitizers immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers.

Today, FDA advised consumers not to use any hand sanitizer manufactured by Eskbiochem due to the potential presence of methanol, which can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. FDA recommends consumers dispose of these hand sanitizers immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. To learn more, visit: https://go.usa.gov/xwp3c

06/23/2020
Mayor Tim Keller

We've supported over 160 nursing homes, 1,130 restaurants, and 176 grocery stores, to ensure customers and employees were safe. #OneAlbuquerque

No matter what challenge our city is facing, we've got your back Albuquerque.

Bleach should never be used to spray bags or packages that contain food. While bleach is a great disinfectant for surfac...
06/11/2020

Bleach should never be used to spray bags or packages that contain food. While bleach is a great disinfectant for surfaces, it’s dangerous if ingested.

06/10/2020
UNM Center for Social Policy

UNM Center for Social Policy

We need your help! Take our survey and let us know what you think about New Mexico's transition away from #fossilfuels to #cleanenergy. The survey will only take approx 15 min. and there is an incentive upon completion. Take the survey here: http://csp.unm.edu/transition-to-clean-energy/index.html Tambien disponible en espanol.

¡Necesitamos tu ayuda! Responda nuestra encuesta y díganos qué piensa sobre la transición de # NewMexico de #fossilfuels a #cleanenergy. La encuesta solo tomará ~ 15 minutos y hay un incentivo al finalizar. Realice la encuesta aquí: http://csp.unm.edu/transition-to-clean-energy/index.html

The recent heavy rains and summer heat means mosquito season is underway!Help reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease ...
06/03/2020

The recent heavy rains and summer heat means mosquito season is underway!

Help reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease by eliminating standing water and using repellent with a proven effective ingredient. See the CDC's recommendations here: https://zcu.io/HJxt

We're excited to be featured as #3 city in America’s Top Shining Cities with most photovoltaic solar (PV) installed per ...
05/27/2020

We're excited to be featured as #3 city in America’s Top Shining Cities with most photovoltaic solar (PV) installed per capita by Environment New Mexico!

Our new Shining Cities report ranking US cities by how much solar they have installed found that Albuquerque has the 3rd most solar per capita in the entire country, and the 8th most overall! Las Cruces is a solar all-star among smaller cities as well. Congrats to Albuquerque and Las Cruces for leading the way on solar energy and helping move our state to a renewable future ☀️

https://environmentnewmexico.org/feature/ame/shining-cities-2020

☀️ We jumped from our #10 spot to #3 for America’s Top Shining Cities with most photovoltaic solar (PV) installed per ca...
05/27/2020

☀️ We jumped from our #10 spot to #3 for America’s Top Shining Cities with most photovoltaic solar (PV) installed per capita!

ABQ earned the #3 spot in the nation for solar energy! In just two years, we’ve built 29 of the City’s 38 solar sites and we’re not slowing down. By 2022 we’ll be off-setting 80% of our energy use, and we’re building a giant solar farm with PNM, Silver City, and the Jicarilla Apache Nation. We set big goals and we’re on track to reach 100% renewable energy use by 2030. https://www.cabq.gov/environmentalhealth/news/city-of-albuquerque-is-3-solar-city-per-capita

05/26/2020
Mayor Tim Keller

Wear a mask, save lives.

In Burque, we step up for each other in many ways. Right now, that means wearing a mask to protect our neighbors, co-workers and loved ones.

As we head into the weekend, please remember to protect those around you by wearing a face covering & keeping 6' away fr...
05/15/2020

As we head into the weekend, please remember to protect those around you by wearing a face covering & keeping 6' away from others.

Need a face covering? Support local 👇
05/15/2020
Mayor Tim Keller

Need a face covering? Support local 👇

Tomorrow is the first day that the state’s requirement to wear face coverings in public goes into effect. ABQtodo.com - Things To Do in ABQ has put together a list of some of the local places in ABQ that are selling masks.

Welcome to One EOC: Interviews with the Team of the Emergency Operations Center! Today we're with Stan Low, IT Division ...
05/12/2020

Welcome to One EOC: Interviews with the Team of the Emergency Operations Center! Today we're with Stan Low, IT Division Manager for the Transit Department. His current role is Planning Section Chief.

1) What is your current role at the EOC?
I am the Planning Section Chief

2) What is your usual role outside the EOC?
I am the IT Division Manager for the Transit Department of the City of Albuquerque

3) What are your accomplishments during your current assignment at the EOC that you are most proud of or you feel have had the most impact?
- The most public-facing of the duties of the Planning Section is the nightly publishing of the Situation Report. I’m proud of our efforts to make that report informative and accurate and timely.
- Toward that end, we have tried to initiate generic phone numbers and e-mail addresses for each role within the EOC. By that approach, we can seamlessly switch between people serving in the role at the EOC. That makes the lives of the EOC staff more pleasant and provides an unchanging contact path for the general public.
- We’ve stored documents in a generally accessible location, to make day to day work at the EOC easier, the work more easily collaborative, and a repository for archiving.
- That should make the effort at getting reimbursed easier.

4) To someone who doesn't know, how would you describe what the EOC does?
The EOC helps to coordinate all of the available resources to most efficiently and effectively deal with an emergency. The EOC should be aware of all available resources from whatever source. They should be the first to hear of the need of those resources, and be in the best position to guide the gathering and distribution of those resources. Resources in this setting may be transportation, donations, volunteers, first responders, clothing, PPE, food, various types of shelter, vaccines or drugs, water, cleaning supplies, etc. Anything you can think of, those are what we consider resources. Because of that first hand knowledge of supply and demand and delivery and impact and schedule, the EOC is also the first to know. Therefore, they should be the be the first and best source of information regarding the status of the emergency and its impact on the community. That’s what we do.

You may be feeling like moths are taking over this spring. The army cutworm moths are attracted to light and often make ...
05/12/2020

You may be feeling like moths are taking over this spring. The army cutworm moths are attracted to light and often make their way into homes. Don't worry, they don't bite, and are an important food source for bats, birds, and other animals! We'll see their numbers decline soon.

05/12/2020
How COVID-19 Can Spread in a Community

Learn how quickly COVID-19 spreads in a community from a family funeral and birthday party in Chicago. This powerful video shows how the cluster of cases originated and how the virus spread.
https://zcu.io/yzHL

Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer Isaac Ghinai explains how COVID-19 can spread in a community using an example featured in an April 2020 CDC MMWR: https...

Welcome to One EOC: Interviews with the Team of the Emergency Operations Center! Today we're with Brian Fox, Albuquerque...
05/11/2020

Welcome to One EOC: Interviews with the Team of the Emergency Operations Center! Today we're with Brian Fox, Albuquerque Fire Rescue - Lieutenant, Wildland Division Coordinator. His current role is Logistics Section Chief.

What is your current role at the EOC?
Logistics Section Chief

What is your usual role outside the EOC?
Albuquerque Fire Rescue - Lieutenant, Wildland Division Coordinator

What are your accomplishments during your current assignment at the EOC that you are most proud of or you feel have had the most impact?
I am very proud of my Logistics Section, everyone is working around the clock to ensure the needs for the City are being met as they pertain to COVID-19. My team is made up of 30+ personnel which includes individuals from the City of Albuquerque, NM National Guard and CERT Volunteers. Logistics is covering anything that pertains to communications, technical support, transportation, volunteers, donations, issuing personal protective equipment, purchasing items that support operations, supporting multiple shelters, processing PPE orders from local hospitals and care facilities, delivery of lab tests, managing the EOC’s warehouse and fabric face coverings for essential City employees.

To someone who doesn't know, how would you describe what the EOC does?
The Emergency Operations Center is a team of individuals working behind the scenes, supporting the City of Albuquerque’s operations as they relate to COVID-19. It is a coordination center for multiple agencies, divisions and municipalities that are working towards a common operating strategy.

05/08/2020
Mayor Tim Keller

We are resilient. We are #OneAlbuquerque.

Our Albuquerque spirit is resilient. Let's all do our part and we’ll get through this together as #OneAlbuquerque.

Welcome to One EOC: Interview with the Team of the Emergency Operations Center! Today we're with Nick Zubel.1) What is y...
05/05/2020

Welcome to One EOC: Interview with the Team of the Emergency Operations Center! Today we're with Nick Zubel.

1) What is your current role at the EOC?

EOC Manager

2) What is your usual role outside the EOC?

Senior Planner

3) What are your accomplishments during your current assignment at the EOC that you are most proud of or you feel have had the most impact?

• Continue to facilitate the overall functioning of the EOC.
• Continue to ensure adequate primary and alternate EOC staffing and direction to all EOC personnel.
• Continue to provide adequate just-in-time training for primary and alternate EOC personnel.
• Recruited and assigned City employees and Community Emergency Response Team volunteers to conduct temporal scans of essential personnel prior to their admittance to the EOC Building.

4) To someone who doesn't know, how would you describe what the EOC does?

The EOC is a centralized facility where City officials and external partners (county, state, Red Cross, etc.) meet face to face to coordinate the City’s overall disaster response and recovery efforts in support of field operations. The EOC is designed to facilitate the efficient response to and recovery from a wide variety of human-caused, natural and technological hazards and disasters that can potentially impact the City. The mission of the City’s EOC is to minimize the impact of emergencies and disasters to the Albuquerque community through coordinated planning, information sharing, and resource management between City departments/divisions, partnering agencies, and the public.

Sign up for COVID-19 testing in the South Valley tomorrow, May 5th, from 9AM-11AM. Call (505)873-7477 to make an appoint...
05/04/2020

Sign up for COVID-19 testing in the South Valley tomorrow, May 5th, from 9AM-11AM. Call (505)873-7477 to make an appointment. Messaging in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Diné, please share with your network & community.

05/04/2020

The plastic bag ban is suspended under the Mayor’s current public health order. Retailers should not be charging customers for plastic bags during this crisis. Please note that some retailers will allow you to bring your reusable bags, but you will be responsible for bagging your own goods.

Reminder: As we head into the weekend, remember to continue to practice safe social distancing (stay 6 ft apart from oth...
05/01/2020

Reminder: As we head into the weekend, remember to continue to practice safe social distancing (stay 6 ft apart from others at all times). We encourage everyone to wear face coverings when outside the home. Enjoy Open Space areas & parks safely so we can continue to #FlattenTheCurve

04/30/2020
Mayor Tim Keller

We're in this together #OneAlbuquerque

We are flattening the curve together as #OneAlbuquerque

Welcome to One EOC: Interview with the Team of the Emergency Operations Center! First up is Roger Ebner, Director of the...
04/29/2020

Welcome to One EOC: Interview with the Team of the Emergency Operations Center! First up is Roger Ebner, Director of the Emergency Management Office.

1) What is your current role at the EOC?

I function as the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Director, a position that provides overall leadership and direction to the EOC. Some of the common duties are:
· Determine immediate needs and actions based on the threat or hazard impacts;
· Establish and maintain communications with on-scene personnel or City leadership;
· Develop a resource ordering and tracking system;
· Brief the senior officials on response and recovery efforts;
· Establish appropriate staff structure of the EOC. Currently we have 80 personnel assigned to coordinate the response;
· Supervise and adjust EOC organization and operations as necessary, based on changes in incident situation:
· Provide initial work assignment and performance expectations to EOC personnel
· Ensure that EOC leaders consistently and effectively work together to coordinate the response and recovery.

2) What is your usual role outside the EOC?

I am the City of Albuquerque Director of the Office of Emergency Management. I am charged with ensuring the City is prepared to respond and recover from any hazard that may impact the city. In other words, make sure the city is as resilient as possible. Our office prepares emergency plans, trains various responders on a wide variety of topics, develops exercise to practice roles and responsibilities, provides outreach across the city to individuals, the private sector, and many more to make sure our city and all of our residents are as prepared as possible for any emergency.

3) What are your accomplishments during your current assignment at the EOC that you are most proud of or you feel have had the most impact?

There are many things we have accomplished in the seven weeks of operation such as providing much needed resources to our healthcare providers and ensured that all of our city residents have equal access to emergency information and assistance. However, I am most proud of the people who come from different agencies, including many volunteers, and have learned to work as a team. They come to an unfamiliar environment, work with people they may be meeting for the first time, under sometimes stressful situations and have effectively demonstrated how to coordinate and collaborate together on complicated problems to find solutions to protect all the residents of the city.

4) To someone who doesn't know, how would you describe what the EOC does?

An emergency operations center (EOC) is a centralized facility where government officials and trained personnel locate to coordinate the response and recovery from major emergencies and disasters. By centralizing the coordination of efforts the City is better able to determine the impacts, the response, and overall needs of the city. Because the EOC is deigned and equipped to gather and analyze incident information it is the ideal place to coordinate large-scale response operations. It is a self-supporting facility with state-of-the-art communication systems where we can continue operating in any disaster situation and share information about the disaster to various stakeholders so everyone has what we call a common operating picture.

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1 Civic Plz NW, Rm 3023
Albuquerque, NM
87102

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+1 505-768-2000

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