|Updated: 8/03/2012 1:02 pm
||Published: 8/03/2012 1:00 pm
Principal Chief George Tiger has declared a State of Emergency throughout all areas within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
In an Executive Order released on Thursday, Chief Tiger stated, "Due to the extreme heat, drought and fire conditions existing in the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, I hereby declare a state of emergency for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation". In the order, Chief Tiger directed the Tribe's Emergency Response Team to activate the "Emergency Operations Plan" and to carry out all measures to assist all Muscogee (Creek) citizens during the state of emergency.
This order commits all departments and employees to provide necessary and expedient services to vulnerable citizens, with an emphasis on households with elders and small children, in order to protect lives.
Chief Tiger also stated, "Protection of our elders is a top priority". All Community Center facilities and Tribal offices in the outlying regions of the Eight County jurisdiction will also be made available as a cooling station for any person desiring respite from the heat. Tribal Police and Community Health Representatives (CHR) will also conduct welfare checks on those individuals known to be in a vulnerable situation.
In addition, The Social Services and Housing Division will offer window air conditioner units to those with no other means of cooling where possible. Any Creek citizen with cooling needs may call the Tribe's main number at (800) 482-1979 and will be referred to the Division of Community Services. After hours, all calls will be forwarded to the Light Horse Police for further disposition.
Signs of heat related illness includes being dizzy, light-headed, heat or redness of skin, muscle cramps, nausea, vomiting, decreased or profuse sweating and decreased urination. Any of these or a combination should be reported immediately.