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Published On: Fri, Dec 21st, 2012

Whitehair is selected as the new director of Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management.

Dec. 21

WINDOW ROCK –When it comes to notifying residence of a on coming catastrophic event, the Navajo Nation emergency management gets a new leader, President Shelly said he is proud to have Rose Whitehair on board as the new director.

“As leaders, we are always encouraging our children to become educated, get experience and come home to help our people. Ms. Whitehair has done that. She brings national expertise to our Department of Emergency Management. Her professional experience will also help improve emergency management from the chapter level upward,” President Shelly said.

Ms. Whitehair was a manager for the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C. according to Erny Zah, Whitehair is To’aheedliinii and born for Tsin Sikaadnii- the Navajos introduce themselves, by clan.

Navajo Public Safety chief John Billison praised the appoint of Whitehair, “We are pleased to have Ms. Whitehair leading an important program within the Division of Public Safety. She has extensive experience at many different levels of emergency management. From the volunteer level through the ranks to her most recent work at NCAI. Her wealth of experience will help enhance our services,” he said.

Whitehair is known for her public service work, in the past she was a volunteer fire fighter in window Rock and gained ranks fast. “They were tough on us,” she recalled about her training. She said she learned the importance of being responsible for personal safety in emergency situations.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services from the University of New Mexico in 2002. “My passion is emergency management and homeland security. I wanted to bring my passion and my focus to the Navajo Nation,” Whitehair said.

The new director said she has a lot plans, including a unique 911 system in place to alert the community members of situations.

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Whitehair is selected as the new director of Navajo Nation Department of Emergency Management.