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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It's Monsoon Awareness Week in New Mexico.
Gov. Bill Richardson says the state and the National Weather Service want to decrease the potential for loss of life and weather-related injuries by making people aware of potential dangers during the summer monsoon season in New Mexico.
State Homeland Security and Emergency Management Secretary John Wheeler urges New Mexico residents to make a plan and an emergency kit with supplies for at least three days.
He says people also should pay attention to area weather forecasts.
The monsoon, or rainy season, usually lasts until mid-September.