Command Center
Emergency Response
Search & Rescue Program


In 2018, the Command Center was initially developed as a means to address weather related concerns and provide instruction and support during times of extreme weather phenomena. Currently, the Command Center is addressing the Coronavirus (AKA COVID-19) global crisis.

The Emergency Response Search & Rescue (ERSR) Program was established in 2018, funded by a grant procured through the Tribal Equitable Compensation Act (TECA). The initial goal of the ERSR Program was to establish an initial core response to Search and Rescue needs on the CRST. Initial core response entails access to readily available emergency response supplies and equipment such as outdoor gear suitable to various weather and terrain, first-aid supplies, communication and location devices, and all-terrain vehicles. Initial core response also entails emergency and first responder training for key personnel. Trained responders that have immediate access to available, high quality supplies and equipment will significantly increase the likelihood of a successful outcome in the event of a search and rescue operation or response to an emergency situation.

The Command Center staff monitor and listen to the media and public, respond to inquiries, and determine the best course of action to take. Emergency Response personnel carry out tasks set-forth by the Command Center.

The command center urges people to STAY INFORMED – watch the news, listen to the radio, listen to weather reports, read information from trusted sources. Staying informed will help you to prepare in advance and take action during emergency situations.

The Command Center is open during major emergency situations only.
Any incident, potential or actual, that poses an immediate risk to members of the community, life, property, or environment, and for which emergency relocation will probably be required, as well as major efforts from Emergency Responders.
If you live in tribal housing, contact the CRST Housing Department 605-964-4265
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