An email from the North Dakota Health Alert Network is requesting staffing for emergency preparedness
The email is dated just days before the eviction date of the Oceti Sakowin camp
The North Dakota Health Alert Network has claimed that the email has no relation to the December 5, eviction date
Water protectors have been cut off from emergency services following Governor Dalrymple issuing an “Emergency Eviction” for the area
As the December 5, eviction date for the Oceti Sakowin camp announced by the Army Corps quickly approaches, a suspicious email has surfaced.
The email is from the North Dakota Health Alert Network, dated December 1, and titled, “State Emergency Preparedness and Response Seeks Medical Staffing.” The email reads as follows.
This is a message from the North Dakota Health Alert Network. The State Emergency Preparedness and Response Section is seeking assistance with staffing and staging of medical personnel for an ongoing response. EPR requests support for both ALS and BLS ambulance rigs with accompanying crews for staging purposes. A second request will be sent out to EMS and medical personnel to assist with staffing medical assets.
TDH reached out to the number that was listed on the email, and the request was confirmed to be authentic. When asked if the request had any relation to the upcoming eviction date at Oceti Sakowin, we were told while it did have to do with the situation at the camp, but it was not related to the future eviction notice from the Army Corps. TDH was denied further information detailing what dates the NDHAN were requesting emergency workers.
Several days ago, Governor Dalrymple declared Executive Order 2016-08. An “Emergency Eviction” notice to all those staying at the Oceti Sakowin camp. When Dalrymple declared Executive Order 2016-08, one stipulation was that those on Army Corps land would be cut off from public services, including, but not limited to, police and medical. Making the emergency worker request from the NDHAN rather bizarre.
Along with the email that was sent to TDH, there was also a screenshot of what appears to be a conversation through texts. The conversation states that the request for emergency workers is not to help water protectors standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The text messages seem to match the current narrative. The NDHAN has in fact requested emergency workers, and with Executive Order 2016-08 active until spring, the workers are coming to help law enforcement. Just as the screenshot of the text messages state.
FEMA defines emergency preparedness as being “preimpact activities that establish a state of readiness to respond to extreme events that could affect the community.” The four basic ideas for emergency planning are emergency assessment, hazard operations, population protection, and incident management.
While all the warning signs are pointing towards law enforcement preparing for something, at this time, it is not confirmed the request for emergency workers is directly linked to the upcoming December 5, eviction against those at the Oceti Sakowin camp.