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Arizona Department of Public Safety Aircraft helps to bring food, water and medicine to Northern Arizona Tribal Regions left stranded by recent Winter Storms

DPS Planes and helicopters help those in remote areas stranded by Northern Arizona Storms

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 -

Arizona Department of Public Safety Aircraft helps to bring food, water and medicine to Northern Arizona Tribal Regions left stranded by recent Winter Storms

In recent days, the Arizona Department of Public Safety Aviation Unit has taken part in efforts to assist isolated areas on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona.

  • On Sunday, January 24, 2010, DPS Air Rescue flew a nurse with food and water to check on several elderly people who were stranded in their homes in remote areas of the reservation due to the recent snow storm. At the requests of the Division of Emergency Management, the Fixed Wing Air Support Unit used a Cessna 182 to fly Arizona Department of Emergency Management personnel from Holbrook Airport over a large area of the reservation to survey roads in order to determine the need for rescue and relief services. DPS Northern Air Rescue will remain available to respond to the reservation from their base, as needed.

  • On Monday, January 25, 2010, the DPS Cessna 210 flew county and tribal emergency management officers over the western half of the reservation as well as areas near Kayenta, Navajo Mountain and Window Rock as they surveyed approximately 667 miles of reservation roads. Crews checked for roads that needed plowing and checked homes in isolated areas for signs that residents were able to get out of their homes and move through the area. The DPS pilot reported snow at ‘rooftop levels” on some small buildings in some areas. Our Air Rescue helicopter units remained available to respond to calls to assist residents of the reservation.

  • Air Rescue Units will continue to available to respond as needed.