Yakama Nation Declares a State of Emergency Due to Severe Winter Weather

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Published February 9, 2019

TOPPENISH, Wash. — Yakama Nation Tribal Council Chairman JoDe Goudy and Yakama Nation General Council Chairman Davis Washines have declared a state of emergency for the Yakama Nation due to severe winter weather. This severe winter weather includes, heavy snow, high winds, freezing road conditions and cold temperatures. The current blizzard warning issued by the National Weather Service is expected to last until at least 10:00 am Sunday morning.

This emergency declaration allows Yakama Nation to call in additional resources to assist with snow removal, road plowing and emergency services. The declaration also allows Yakama Nation to potentially seek federal funding to help recover cost from this winter weather emergency.

“Please check on your elders. If you are unable to check on them yourself, please call Yakama Nation Police Dispatch at (509) 865-2933 and arrangements will be made with an officer for a status check,” said Chairman Goudy. “Also any elder may request to have their driveway plowed by calling Yakama Nation Police Dispatch.”

This declaration will remain in place for seven calendar days from today, if severe weather persists, Tribal Council may extend this declaration.

Yakama Nation encourages people to:

  • Stay off the roads, allow the plows and emergency vehicles to work
  • Wear layers of clothing when outside and limit time spent outside
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia
  • Check on elders and those who may need assistance

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