Nation implements Emergency Operations Plan
Tribal offices closed, government services available by phone
Smith River, CA – The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is working creatively to ensure Tribal citizens continue to have access to government services during the global COVID-19 crisis.
The Tribal Council issued a state of emergency declaration on Thursday, March 19. All Tribal buildings have been closed to the public for the next two weeks as a precautionary measure. During this time period, Tribal government services will only be available by phone from Monday through Thursday between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm. Services providers can be reached at (707) 487-9255. The two-week timeframe will be reevaluated next week to determine the most prudent course of action.
The Nation is providing regular updates to Tribal citizens and the general public via social media, the website and a phone service called One Call Now.
For additional information about Tribal services, please call (707) 487-9255
WHO Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation
WHAT Tribal services available by phone
WHEN 8 am to 5 pm – Mon. thru Thurs.
WHERE Offices closed to public
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: March 24, 2020
Contact: Briannon Fraley, (707) 487-9255 x 1125
Download Press Release_closed to public_COVID19_.3.24.20_revised
THE TOLOWA DEE-NI’ NATION IMPLEMENTS PLAN TO MAINTAIN HIGH LEVEL OF SERVICE DURING COVID-19 CRISIS
Smith River, CA – The Tolowa Dee-ni Nation is working creatively to ensure Tribal citizens continue to have access to government services during the global COVID-19 crisis.
“We are modifying our procedures to keep our community and staff safe, while ensuring the continuity of our operations.” Said Denise Richards-Padgette, the Chairperson of the Tolowa Dee- ni’ Nation Tribal Council.
For the next two weeks, temporary business hours have been established. All Tribal buildings will be closed to the public. Services will be accessible Monday through Thursday 8-5 by calling (707) 487- 9255. Crisis services for domestic violence through the Shu’-‘aa-xuu-dvn Program will remain a
24/7 service. Tribal service providers can also be reached by email. All contacts can be found at tolowa-nsn.gov. This time frame is based on California Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-in-place order to prevent the spread of the virus. Service recipients are asked to follow the US Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation to maintain a six-feet of personal space.
To mobilize Tribal staff and resources toward addressing the predicted near and far term impacts of the global pandemic, the Tribal Council issued a state of emergency declaration on Thursday, March 19. The following day all Tribal offices were closed to the public to protect the health of Tribal
citizens and staff. Tribal personnel are practicing social distancing and taking advantage of digital communication tools, such as teleconferencing, to maintain a healthy and productive work environment. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the Tribal Government is functioning
near its full capacity and is working under an Emergency Operations Plan. The plan serves as the foundation of the Nation’s multi-pronged effort to anticipate and overcome any adverse, local issues that may arise as a result of the worldwide crisis.
At present, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the local area. The Nation has postponed all large social events, including the Annual Tribal Membership Meeting. For the purpose of preventing a large number of people from gathering in close proximity, a scaled down version of
the yearly meeting is happening on Saturday, April 4. Additionally, the in-classroom component of the Howonquet Head Start is suspended until April 10. Head Start staff are still providing homework packets and meals to all students.
The Tribal Council and Tribal Government personnel are working day and night to make certain the Nation remains strong during and after this unparalleled pandemic.
The Incident Command team that will deploy regular notices to Tribal Citizens, and the general public during this time of crisis via social media, the website, and a phone service called One Call Now. For additional information about Tribal services, please call (707) 487-9255.
Date: March 23, 2020
RE: Communication Tool
The Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation is establishing a mass
communication system to inform Tribal citizens about
the Tribal Government’s response to the COVID-10 crisis.
The emergency communication tool is called One Call
Now. We will be using this service to broadcast
information via text and voice messages. If the
Enrollment Department has your current phone number,
you will be automatically signed up for the service. If
your number is not current and you would like to sign up,
please call the Enrollment Department at (707) 487-
9255. You may opt out by calling the same phone
The emergency communications system is only one of
the ways the Nation is informing its citizens. We are also
using our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tolowadeeni
news media and the website to keep everyone up to date.
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 All Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Offcies will be closed to the public until further notice due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.