Emergency

Arts South Dakota Artist Emergency Relief Fund

22 hours ago
Arts South Dakota

In The Moment … June 22, 2020 Show 843 Hour 1

The Arts South Dakota Artist Emergency Relief Fund was designed to assist creative workers in the state who are feeling the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Andrew Reinartz is the Community Development Director with Arts South Dakota. Certain criteria must be met to be qualified and Andrew joins us today with more details.

Emergency Fund For Immigrants In SD

May 21, 2020
SDPB

In The Moment … May 21, 2020 Show 822 Hour 1

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are immigrant families who don't have access to either state or federal or federal support. A fundraising effort called the Emergency Relief Fund for Immigrants in South Dakota aims to provide short term financial assistance to these families and individuals. Nancy Reynoza is the executive director of Que Pasa Sioux Falls. Taneeza Islam is the director for South Dakota Voices for Peace both are a part of The South Dakota Dream Coalition which is behind this fund.

SDPB

In The Moment ... April 23, 2020 Show 802 Hour 2

The South Dakota Supreme Court declared a judicial state of emergency on March 13. Jails across the state have taken measures to reduce the daily population count in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus in high-risk environments. And, in the midst of the pandemic, on April 17, South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson celebrated 25 years as Chief Justice. 

 

Mental Health Pandemic

Apr 8, 2020
NPR

In The Moment ... April 7, 2020 Show 790 Hour 1

As America faces the coronavirus pandemic, many also warn of a mental health pandemic. As South Dakotans face the intense disruption of their lives, they also face isolation and anxiety. Dr. Matt Stanley is a psychiatrist with Avera Health. He is the clinical Vice President of the Behavioral Health Services Line. He joining us to talk about how people with ongoing needs are still engaged in mental health care and services and how people seeking help for the first time are being served. 

 

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First responders and medical professionals are assessing their performance during a mock helicopter crash. They held the drill Tuesday morning. Crews began by pretending they had Avera helicopter on the Sanford landing pad and people were hurt. 

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Sioux Falls search and rescue crews recovered the body of a man trapped in a collapsed building. Fire Rescue chief Jim Sideras says crews found the body in a void just before 6 p.m. Friday. 

The frenzy in Downtown Sioux Falls slowed as rescue efforts changed to recovery work. Fire fighters stood unmoving near a response vehicle. They watched silently as several of the colleagues worked calmly digging through the rubble pile and eventually removing a man's body from the wreckage. 

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One woman is alive after being trapped in a collapsed building in Sioux Falls, and crews are searching for a man they believe is underneath the rubble. The building used to be home to the Copper Lounge. It was under construction and included business and living spaces.

The intersection of 10th Street and Phillips Avenue usually hums with the sound of traffic. Now it rumbles as a payloader scratches the pavement and bobcat scrapes boards and broken materials into piles. Machines tow a car from underneath bricks that tumbled down when a building collapsed.

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Rapid City emergency officials say they learned important lessons after a commercial air liner made an unexpected landing at Regional Airport last week.

The incident flooded extra patients into the ER in the middle of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, a time when resources are already spread thin.

Despite the chaos, officials say following protocol and communication helped the situation end successfully.

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A United States Senator and a state lawmaker agree that the federal government is failing to provide adequate health care to Native Americans. United States Senator John Thune and South Dakota State Senator Troy Heinert see different solutions to ongoing problems with the Indian Health Service.

U-S  Senator Thune has legislation in Congress aimed at comprehensive reform for federal health services for Native Americans. He says the bill makes it easier to fire ineffective IHS leaders, examines whistle-blower protections, and requires fiscal accountability so patient care funds actually make it to patients.

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Spring weather is here. For many South Dakotans that means getting outdoors and barbecuing or even standing around a campfire. While people take advantage of the warmer weather, first responders urge them to enjoy fire with caution. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue crews are using controlled demonstrations to prove how dangerous unattended grills and fire pits can be.

Sioux Falls fire inspector Tyler Tjeerdsma tosses hamburgers onto a grill that stands right next to a wall. He closes the lid, and within minutes the beige vinyl siding blackens and peels apart like taffy.

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Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is now designated ISO Class 1. The national Insurance Services Office rates fire departments across the United States. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is one of just 132 departments that meet the criteria for the Class 1 status.

Leaders remove a red cloth hiding part of a Sioux Falls Fire Rescue truck. Emblazoned on the white and red paint is shiny, reflective text: I.S.O. Class 1.

Rob Holso is the field representative with Insurance Services Office. He says the 100-point evaluation includes the fire department and community resources.

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Sioux Falls is gaining another emergency department. Avera Health is building a new family medical center west of Interstate 29, and health leaders are including a full-service emergency room. The free-standing ER will provide quick access for people experiencing a health crisis.

By this time next year, physicians, nurses, and a care team will operate an emergency department on the west side of Sioux Falls for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Sturgis Emergency Manager Hopes For Best, Preps For Worst

Jul 14, 2015
Charles Michael Ray

The 75th Sturgis Rally could bring more than 750,000 people to South Dakota in the first part of August.
 
The flood of people can compound challenges in dealing with any major catastrophe that could occur.
 
So, officials with the Meade County Emergency Management in Sturgis are opening an operations center and keeping it staffed through the rally.

Rapid City EMS Sees Increase In Calls

May 29, 2015

Rapid City medical units responded to an increased number of calls this week. They reported 43 percent more medical calls over the Memorial Day Holiday week than an average week.  Oliver White is the Public Information Officer with the Rapid City Police Department. He says the increases are common in the summer.

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The mayor of Delmont says she doesn’t know what the future holds for the small town. A tornado ripped through the southeastern South Dakota community Sunday, and community members are just starting to tackle cleanup. Below are a series of reports from the southeast South Dakota town of about 200 residents.

Past the quiet area where law enforcement officials guard the entrance to town, Delmont is a noisy place. National Guard troops use bobcats and dump trucks to clear branches and brush off the streets.

Access to a town hit by a weekend tornado is still restricted. About 200 people live in Delmont. The community is in the southeastern part of the state. Emergency management officials continue to assess the damage from a Sunday storm that hurt nine people and damaged homes and other buildings. Meanwhile the American Red Cross is working with state and local officials to keep safety the priority.

People in the town of Delmont are now able to sift through the rubble after a tornado. The storm struck the tiny town in southeast South Dakota on Sunday morning. Crews are working to restore basic necessities and assess the damage.  

Initial assessments after Sunday’s storm show 20 buildings sustained damage after an EF-2 tornado tore through Delmont. Kristi Turman is the Division Director of Emergency Services for South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety.

Commissioners in Minnehaha County say Med-Star is the new ambulance service provider for rural areas. Leaders started discussing the switch weeks ago. All five members of the panel voted Tuesday to award the county’s contract.

The medical director for Minnehaha County says both Med-Star and Paramedics Plus could handle ambulance service to areas outside of city limits. That left five commissioners to decide which service they prefer.

Officials in Minnehaha County have lifted a burn ban. Commissioners issued a burn ban a few weeks ago because dry weather contributed to small planned fires quickly spreading.

Emergency Management Director Lynn DeYoung says the conditions are different now.

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Firefighters in Sioux Falls are learning how to safely cope with crashes between cars and big vehicles. Rescue crews spend half a day in the classroom learning about the scenarios. Then they apply their education by moving real semi trucks and trailers in mock situations.  

A tow truck drones and metal crunches as crews in fire gear work on a semi truck. They use specialized equipment to stabilize the rig which is smashed on top of a mangled car.

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The federal government is directing $250,000 to South Dakota to help people with food or shelter in emergencies. That is the same amount the state usually receives from FEMA. The grant money can be used for problems housing and food problems that aren’t related to disasters.

FEMA distributes Emergency Food and Shelter Program money based on a state’s current unemployment, food insecurity and poverty data. In South Dakota, that equates to the minimum amount FEMA can provide a state.

South Dakota has had its first incident of swatting. This weekend, almost two dozen officers responded to a prank call of a wounded person, hostages, and a bomb at a home in Ward. Swatting is used by video gamers, and their success is determined by the level of law enforcement response to a false emergency report.

Hot Springs School Alumni Association

  

 Advocates against the Keystone XL pipeline and uranium mining in the Black Hills are upset over a “sample” threatening letter used at a recent mock emergency drill. The Hot Springs School’s emergency response test contained verbiage that no one is taking responsibility for.

The recent Hot Springs School emergency response test included reports of suspicious people and vehicles.