RAPID CITY –The Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) We Are Warriors Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is aiding tribal-nations in the fight against COVID-19
So far, the We Are Warriors EOC has delivered items to 7 different tribal-nations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and three local organizations that are working on COVID-19 response efforts.
Items distributed have included 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 EOC has also handed out food boxes to 17 families in the Rapid City area who needed assistance after testing positive for COVID-19 and helped 8 tribal-nations acquire much needed supplies. The services provided by the EOC are in partnership with many organizations throughout the community including Monument Health and the Red Cross.
“It is important to the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) that we help tribes access accurate information and connect them with the organizations and people who can provide the supplies needed to save lives,” said Jerilyn Church, CEO of GPTCHB.
The We Are Warriors EOC launched a month ago. Since then, GPTHB staff have undergone intense on-site training provided by Team Rubicon and completed a series of online courses offered by FEMA/Emergency Management Institute.
“Our staff have answered the call to serve. The sacrifices they are making to help communities across the region to deal with this public health crisis is greatly appreciated,” said Church.
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.
If you would like to volunteer, please email the EOC at [email protected].
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* 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.