Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
About the Department
The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) prides itself on being the central source for information on the state’s homeland security and emergency management efforts and initiatives. Our agency is building a culture of security and service for all New Mexicans.
By coordinating with local communities, tribal partners, federal agencies, and volunteer organizations, DHSEM works to build a more resilient New Mexico for all citizens and visitors.
The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management coordinates the State’s response to all hazard type events and supports local response. Emergencies and disasters can be defined as something caused by natural or human-made events or any other circumstances determined by the Governor. When necessary, the State assists local jurisdictions whose capabilities are overwhelmed serving as the conduit for assistance from the Federal government. The Department coordinates around the mission areas of the National Preparedness Goal: Prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.
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Ortiz Wertheim has worked in senior government positions at the state, local and national level, most recently as chief of staff in the office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall. She has more than 20 years of experience as a strategic manager for large organizations, including with the American Cancer Society. She was director of cabinet affairs for former Gov. Bill Richardson and chief of staff for former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez.
Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
PO Box 27111
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502