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Walk the Block / Winter Weather Emergency Training / US Navy Birthday / Property Crime on Thursday (Yes, 1!)

Walk the Block:  Thank you to Block Captain Claudia for organizing the “Walk the Block with Jill” group crime prevention for the home lesson for the new Neighborhood Watch group formed this week on Della Longa Lane NE that includes a few other homes within sight lines on nearby streets.  We meet at the Block Captain’s home yesterday and walked the block and I was able to point out crime prevention techniques using the homes on the block as illustrations.  The Block Captain took notes to type up and share with the Neighborhood Watch group.  After the walk/lesson, the Block Captain and I walked a block up to another street with an active Neighborhood Watch and exchanged information with the Block Captain on that neighboring street.  This is Neighborhood Watch in action!  Meeting neighbors, sharing contact information, engaging with local law enforcement and Crime Prevention Specialists from the Area Command and getting pro-active in building unified communities.  Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and to Block Captains Claudia and Jane on the next block over for participating.

With the weather about to get colder, vacations and holidays approaching and shorter daylight hours coming soon, I will have to stop offering these sessions for 2017, but keep this in mind for 2018 for your Neighborhood Watch group as a crime prevention activity.


Happy Birthday, United States Navy:  The United States Navy observes its birthday every year on October 13th. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the first American naval force.  Thus began the long and prestigious heritage of the United States Navy.  The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world, with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service has over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve.  Thank you to those who serve or have served in the United States Navy!


For those interested in disaster preparedness/ a free winter weather hazards workshop offered by the City of Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management:  

This free 8-hour course is open to the community.  I have many Neighborhood Watch Block Captains who have an interest in emergency planning and this may be something of interest.

Title: Winter Weather Hazards: Science and Preparedness (AWR-331)

Organization: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center

Date: October 31, 2017

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Fee: Free

Information and Registration

Delivery Date:  10/31/2017

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (US/Mountain)

Location:  Albuquerque, New Mexico

Instructor(s):  Robert Goldhammer, James Henderson

Status:  FEMA Certified

Description:   This is a eight-hour awareness-level course to provide emergency managers, first responders, and community members across all sectors with a basic understanding of the latest knowledge in winter weather science, forecasting, warning, and preparedness.

This course will prepare participants to understand the basics of winter weather science, the winter weather forecasting process, how winter weather forecasts are communicated, and the fundamentals of winter weather safety and preparedness. Since winter storms can strike every state in the United States, it is important that every community be ready for the hazards associated with them. This awareness-level course will fulfill the goals of the “whole community” approach to emergency management by reaching a broad sector of the community. Multiple core capabilities will be addressed, with particular emphasis on “public information and warning” and “threats and hazard identification.” Participants who represent sectors such as mass care services, health and social services, operational communications, critical transportation, and planning would further expand the discussions in this course to other corresponding core capabilities.

Target Audience: The target audience for this awareness-level course includes participants across a broad spectrum of the community who need to be aware of the threat of winter weather. In particular, this should be of interest to emergency managers, first responders, small businesses, corporations, federal/state/tribal governments, NGOs, community organizations, and typical households who need to prepare and respond to hazards associated with winter storms.

Course Level: Awareness

Prerequisites: N/A


APA Credit Units: 6.5 Certification Maintenance

IACET Credit Units: 0.6 Continuing Education Units

IAEM (E/G) Credit Units: 8.0 Emergency/General Management Training Credit Hours

Seats Available: 40

Registration Closes: 10/31/2017

Host Agency: City of Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management

Contact Person:  Roger Ebner | 505-244-8600 |

Special Note: Interested participants must register at


Property Crime reporting in the Foothills on Thursday, October 12th:  1 Stolen Vehicle:  200-block of Hanosh Ct SE.


As we move into the weekend, I hope you all have a safe one.

Jill Garcia, Crime Prevention Specialist / ICPS, NCPS – APD, Foothills Area Command