FEMA disaster resource center set up at VFW in Mora

By: - June 2, 2022 4:00 am

A home destroyed by the Hermits Peak / Calf Canyon Fires in Mora County, New Mexico. (Photo by Shaun Griswold / Source NM)

People who want information about federal disaster assistance to help with property loss due to the recent fires in New Mexico now have a place to do so in person.

Federal officials with FEMA and the SBA have set up shop at the VFW Post 1131 located off NM Highway 518 in Mora.

VFW Post 1131
2825 NM Hwy 518 (mile marker 28.5)
Mora, N.M., 87732
Monday thru Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays: CLOSED

There residents can get help with disaster assistance applications, use computers to upload documents and ask the federal officials questions about receiving compensation or aid.

The Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon combo fire burned more than 315,000 acres in the Santa Fe National Forest, displacing residents of Mora and San Miguel Counties.

As of Tuesday evening, the fire was 54%contained. Both wildfires started as individual prescribed burns by federal forest officials and combined in late April due to high spring winds to become the largest wildfire in state history.

Residents are no longer dealing with strict evacuation guidelines, so they are returning to their homes and farms, and assessing damage.

Walk-ins are welcome at the disaster recovery center set up in Mora. People can also call the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362 or apply online at

People with insurance are required to file claims with their insurance provider before any claims can be filed with FEMA.

Anyone without insurance can submit their request for assistance at the disaster recovery center, online or by calling the hotline.

Once a claim is filed, FEMA says a letter will be sent in the mail or by email detailing the next steps, including information on setting up a home visit with an inspector to assess property damage.

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Shaun Griswold
Shaun Griswold

Shaun Griswold is a journalist in Albuquerque. He is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna, and his ancestry also includes Jemez and Zuni on the maternal side of his family. He grew up in Albuquerque and Gallup. He brings a decade of print and broadcast news experience. Most recently he covered Indigenous affairs with New Mexico In Depth. Shaun reports on issues important to Native Americans in urban and tribal communities throughout the state, including education and child welfare.