Category Archives: Emergency Services

Your Gift of Winter Fuel Can Save a Life

While the New Year brings a chance to make changes in our lives, many in the Native community are still facing difficult choices – and a difficult winter. The long winters in the Northern Plains can dip to below zero temperatures and bitter cold can persist for 3 months of longer.   Against incredible odds, […]

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Indigenous Impact Challenge: Year-End Giving

Thanks to a special group of generous PWNA benefactors, every gift to honor and help Native Americans by Dec. 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000. This means that your donation will make twice the difference if you act this year.

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Giving Tuesday: Give the Gift of Winter Warmth

These blankets, coats, scarves and gloves can literally save lives. #GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to show your generosity and care for our First Americans..

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Caring for Native Elders During Summer Fires, Storms, Heat & Outages

…PWNA aids Elders by distributing summer care packages that are often sponsored by individual donors. These emergency care packages… help Elders when the inevitable fire, storm or extreme heat wave strikes.

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A Look at the Impact of COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation

Several factors explain why the Navajo Nation is experiencing such a rapid spread of positive COVID-19 cases.

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Disaster Relief by a First Responder for the Reservations

A national member of VOAD – Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster – PWNA provides disaster relief to reservations within its 12-state service area. As a state member of VOAD in Arizona, South Dakota and Montana, PWNA concentrates its emergency relief in these areas but evaluates other disasters on a case by case basis, if requested by the tribe.

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Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Native Americans

Preparedness. It’s a word that comes up a lot this time of year, with Mother Nature bringing seasonal weather disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes – and soon enough, the chill of winter. Additionally, September is National Preparedness Month. The physical environment on the reservations we support is often harsh; giving rise to a wide range […]

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Say What? Free Native Housing Isn’t Free?

Not only do Native Americans pay for housing… their housing and living conditions are considered some of the worst in the United States.

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Hypothermia and Frostbite

It’s January and the temperatures aren’t bad recently, about 30 degrees—but it can get below zero very quickly this time of year. The wind and the air temperature can plummet, especially at night, and make it difficult to stay warm… especially if you rely on propane for heating, or wood for heating. Many of us simply can turn […]

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