State of Emergency Declared by Navajo Nation For “Operation 2010 Snowfall”
Window Rock, AZ — The Navajo Nation Commission
on Emergency Management and Navajo Nation President, Joe Shirley Jr., declared a
State of Emergency Thursday, January 21st, based on assessments received from communities
impacted by the winter weather and the continuing snowfall with more to come in
the weather forecast.
The State of Arizona, the Hope Tribe, the counties of Apache, Navajo and Coconino
has declared a State of Emergency. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
from McKinley County in New Mexico has declared a State of Emergency
A priority at this time is keeping all main roads opened and maintained. Conditions
will be monitored through assessments as the weather continues throughout the weekend.
Navajo Division of Transportation has joined efforts with the Bureau of Indian Affairs
and Counties to keep main roads clear. Private roads cannot be graded due to additional
need for environmental and archaeological clearances. Residents are responsible
for clearing private roads. An exception will be made for emergency response.
Chapter governments are encouraged to use emergency funds to address the immediate
needs at the community level. Department of Emergency Management is requesting assessments
forms from each chapter. The assessment form is available on website,
www.navajo911.com. The fax number is (928) 871- 7569.
The Navajo Nation Incident Command Systems has been activated and the Emergency
Operation Center will be at the Navajo Staff Development and Training Center, Room
C, in Window Rock. Navajo Area Indian Health Service has also activated the Incident
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