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Quinault Beach Resort and Casino to close for two weeks

17 March 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Quinault Indian Nation announced today it is temporarily closing the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino and the Quinault Sweetgrass Hotel for two weeks to help reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The casino closure goes into effect at 2 a.m. in the morning on Wednesday, March 18. Both the Quinault Beach Resort and the Quinault Sweetgrass Hotel will close at 11 a.m.

After two weeks, the Nation will re-evaluate the closure and decide whether it should continue. Casino, resort, and hotel employees will continue receiving their regular pay and benefits during the closure.

Quinault Nation Announces Incident Command Team

To confront the challenges of COVID-19, the Quinault Indian Nation has adopted the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s standardized response model known as the Incident Command System to organize the Nation's response to the pandemic. This system gives organizations a template to organize and coordinate their efforts that has been proven effective and efficient in confronting disasters and emergencies.

The Quinault Nation has announced the members and responsibilities of its Incident Command Team for the COVID-19 crisis:

Incident Commander: Quinault Police Chief Mark James
Agency Representative: Chief Operating Officer Andrea Halstead
Public Information Officer: President Fawn Sharp
Liaison Officer: Vice President Tyson Johnston
Facilities Officer: Assistant Fire Chief Chet Jensen
Logistics Officer: Fire Management Officer Travis Peek
Health Officer: Christina Breault
Safety Officer: Environmental Protection Manager Daniel Ravenel
Human Resource Officer: Director of Administration Debbie Martin
Financial Officer: Assistant Auditor Daniel Ebling

The Incident Command Structure's Goal: To Provide Order and Clarity During Crises

A pandemic affects many different aspects of our lives and requires a carefully organized response. The health of our children, elders, tribal employees, and many others depend on it.

The first meeting of the Nation’s Incident Command Team was held by phone this morning to address our most urgent concerns about surviving this global health crisis and to ensure every member of the team has a clear understanding of their responsibilities and goals. Updates will continue to be issued daily when helpful.

The Quinault Indian Nation has survived much worse crises than this. Our tribal government now has a response structure and emergency management team in place that will effectively deal with this one. That expertise combined with our ancient strength and wisdom ensures our people will be safe and well cared for many generations to come.

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