RAPID CITY – Monument Health in Rapid City has donated essential supplies to the We Are Warriors EOC.
While national stockpiles of Personal Protective Equipment and other necessities are beginning to replenish , distributors are struggling to keep pace with demand.
When the We Are Warriors EOC first opened its doors just over a month ago, one of the very first tasks it undertook was to find partners who could help access needed supplies.
Two weeks ago, Monument Health answered the call. The shipment was delivered by Brad Haupt of Monument health and included 32,000 pairs of gloves, cloth face masks, cleaning wipes, and hand sanitizer.
Thanks to the new collaboration, Monument Health has also helped the We Are Warriors EOC find vendors that can help fulfill resource requests made by tribes.
Some of the items distributed so far by We Are Warriors EOC includes 1,900 N-95 Protective Masks, 5200 pairs of gloves, 800 facecloth coverings, 1900 surgical masks, 625 thermometer covers, 90 face shields, 42 cases of water, hundreds of diapers, several hundred ounces of baby formula.
The We Are Warriors EOC established by the GPTCHB, with the assistance of Team Rubicon, serves as an EOC for 18 tribal nations across a four-state region and provides technical assistance, training and resource support on disaster mitigation to individuals from these areas. The EOC will also develop and implement culturally responsive public health emergency management plans and procedures in support of Great Plains Area tribal communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided funding for the project.
* The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) is dedicated to serving the health and wellness needs of the tribal members it represents. Assisting with the needs of 18 tribes and tribal communities in the four-state region of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa, GPTCHB addresses the health necessities of its members by assisting in accessing health-related programs and resources. The organization also manages the Oyate Health Center in Rapid City.