Navajo President and Vice President urge public to prepare for winter storm
The Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President
President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer are urging the public to take precautions in anticipation of the largest snow storm of the winter season that is expected to bring as much as 12-inches of snow to the Navajo Nation on Thursday and Friday. An emergency declaration was issued for the Navajo Nation on Tuesday, which allows for local/chapter funding to be used to assist those in need with supplies such as fire wood, food, and other resources.
In addition, President Nez issued a memorandum granting administrative leave for the Executive Branch on February 21 and 22, under the advisement of the Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management in coordination with the National Weather Service.
The memorandum states, “Although this authorization has been made, we actively encourage employees to telecommute to the extent possible during this time and/or volunteer in their communities to account for the paid time off.”
President Nez also urges chapters to remain open for those needing shelter or resources during the storm. Public safety and emergency response personnel will also remain on duty.
“The safety and well-being of our people is the top priority, and we continue to ask everyone to help one another by checking on your neighbors especially the elderly and disabled,” stated President Nez. “Please stay home and keep warm if you are not required to travel.”
President Nez and Vice President Lizer met with the Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management, Division of Transportation, Indian Health Service, and other agencies on Wednesday afternoon to receive updates and recommendations for the pending snow storm.
“It’s good to hear that chapters are working together with each other and with other entities to provide resources like food donations to the elderly and disabled,” stated Vice President Lizer. “We need to look out for one another and help each other through this storm.”
The Navajo Nation Division of Transportation reported that they are coordinating with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to clear snow from roadways and will continue doing so throughout the duration of the stormy weather. Indian Health Service reported that their services have not been impacted by the weather conditions and will continue providing services at all locations. Several school districts have also announced delays and cancellations.
Those in need of resources are asked to contact their chapter for assistance, in accordance with the emergency declaration issued on Tuesday.