Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President
The Navajo Nation Commission on Emergency Management declared a state of emergency on Monday, due to increased flooding caused by the recent monsoon rains within the Navajo Nation. The declaration will allow local chapters to access additional resources to help mitigate the impacts of heavy rainfall.
The Commission on Emergency Management strongly recommends that all Navajo Nation entities implement their emergency response plans and funding. Flooding increases risks of property damage, loss of life, impacts to public health, safety, and community infrastructure damage.
“Enacting the state of emergency enables local officials to work more efficiently and effectively to ensure that affected communities have access to necessary resources and services. Our emergency response personnel have been out in the communities seven days a week helping people recover from recent flooding. Yes, there are many challenges and not enough personnel to get to every site immediately, but they are making progress. The Navajo Division of Transportation also continues to work on repairs to roads that were damaged. We recommend all Navajo households, communities, and organizations be prepared as we continue to see scattered thunderstorms throughout the Navajo Nation this week. As we move forward into the fall and winter seasons, we need everyone to be proactive and plan ahead for more severe weather,” said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.
Community Health Representatives and Public Health Nurses, under the Navajo Department of Health, have been on the ground in various communities providing support and assistance for elderly residents and those with health conditions. They continue to go door to door checking on high-risk residents.
A flood watch will remain in effect for the entire Navajo Nation throughout the week. If chapters need assistance with response efforts, please email the Navajo Nation Division of Community Development at MonsoonRelief@NavajoChapters.org.
“With more rainfall forecasted over the next few days, we want to lean forward in providing as many resources possible to assist those affected. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide assistance. Please be prepared and ensure that your family and elders have essential items such as food, water, and firewood during severe weather conditions. This shows that when everyone comes together, we can keep each other and our communities safe,” said Vice President Myron Lizer.
The Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President, Navajo Division of Transportation, and Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management will continue coordinating with county officials, chapter officials, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and state officials to provide additional resources and updates.
Weather-related information is available through the National Weather Service website at: https://www.weather.gov/.