Purpose: This grant application addresses public health activities in response to COVID19 by implementing three key strategies: Emergency Operations/Coordination, Communication, and Countermeasures and Mitigation. This funding opportunity would strengthen the Village of Solomon (VOS) preparedness and response capabilities to continue integral tribal operations, planning, and ensuring the health and safety of all community members in response to COVID19. If funded, these three key strategies will allow us to mobilize and respond to COVID19 by implementing our local and necessary village priorities. Outcomes: A fundamental piece of a community is having the capacity to respond and/or to prevent disastrous events that would directly affect the wellbeing, safety, health and welfare of our community members. Completing an Emergency Preparedness Operations Response Plan virtually is a direct outcome that would benefit the health and future structure for generations to come within the VOS community.VOS will complete an updated Local Economic Development Plan (LEDP) as planned prior to the COVID19 pandemic by the end of the project performance period. The tribal staff, council and community rely on having an updated LEDP as the tribe moves forward in expanding programs, implementing projects/goals, providing community infrastructure, and serving all tribally enrolled members as well as their families in all and full capacities. Each LEDP strategic gathering, the community addresses completed village priorities and focus on their next priorities that would provide the framework for the next five years. In response to social distancing, protecting, mitigating, and preventing the spread of COVID19; the tribe needs to increase the technological capabilities in uniting the community members in a way that the LEDP strategic gatherings can still be accomplished as initially planned on time and be prepared in an emergency event to prevent disastrous outcomes. V
OS has other funds to renovate the existing garage to create social distancing for staff and tribal members that utilize the office supplies and equipment, which has been an offered service for a decade. As the tribe moves forward with creating more work space at the tribally owned building, the need for 2 desks, an all in one copier/printer/fax/scanner machine and a bookshelf will provide the resources and continued service for our community. The office has currently been closed to the community and public due to social distancing and the Council has implemented new policies in response to COVID19. The tribe understands the need for having emergency power at the community center and with the summer season approaching, the need for a backup generator and renovation of the generator house to ensure the operation and maintenance of the generator is healthy, is essential. Providing this infrastructure will mitigate issues arising over the summer and the back up generator will be the number one priority in the Emergency Preparedness Operations Response Plan. All activities within this grant application are to address the resiliency in response to the COVID19 pandemic while staying true to VOS? vision.