WINDOW ROCK, Navajo Nation — The Navajo Nation continues in its state of emergency due to severe weather impacts as another snow storm and gusty winds are expected to begin tonight in the Western Agency. Overnight temperatures are also expected to reach extremely low levels throughout the week.
Emergency operations center (EOC) staff report Buffalo Pass is currently closed to the public as melting snow has formed dangerous black ice on the paved route. Road work continued with Navajo Nation, county, chapter, state and other resources and heavy equipment for heavily impacted roads.
Chapter incident command posts (ICPs) are active in Thoreau, Crownpoint, Sawmill, Sheep Springs and Standing Rock.
The EOC reports open shelters at Tsaile/Wheatfields, Forest Lake, Standing Rock, Blue Gap and Sanostee (if needed) Chapters.
Coordination continues and includes road grading, firewood assessment, wellness checks, food and water needs, medication refills and food for animals.
The EOC has reported its coordination the state of emergency responses among local communities to include 26 chapters. The emergency declaration has enabled these chapters to utilize their emergency response budgets to contribute to the effort.
Community health representatives (CHRs) have reported wellness checks and home visits to more than 50 high-risk clients have been completed. They have also helped inform command of passable roads.
The EOC will continue to be activated until the state of emergency is lifted.
Emergency Operation Center Contact Information:
- Email: EOC@navajodot.org
- Phone: (505) 371-8393