“The CTERC/LEPC will protect the health and safety of the Gila River Indian Community through chemical emergency planning, preparedness, and Community involvement”
The Community's Right to Know!
Did you know that the Community has a right to know about hazardous and toxic chemicals located in the Community? The Gila River Indian Community has a Chemical-Tribal Emergency Response Commission (CTERC) that is responsible for ensuring the public has access to information on chemicals at facilities near them. The hope is that by requiring facilities and businesses to report on these chemicals the public is aware and informed. The CTERC is made up of key departments of the Gila River Indian Community, but more importantly, it also has representatives from all seven Districts in the Community. The Commission Chair is Richard Schurz, who leads the Commission on a monthly meeting (every third Thursday). The monthly meetings are used to ensure a facility has an emergency plan in place; that Gila River Indian Community is notified of any release of hazardous materials; to ensure that a facility has a hazardous chemical storage report completed and on file and; to get information of a facility’s list of chemicals they may have on site. These meetings are open to anyone. What does this mean to you? A key element for CTERC is to ensure that the Community has a peace of mind that they are safe. Every community member has the right to know what is in their backyard, located in their neighborhood, and is aware of what to do in the event of a chemical emergency. A key role of CTERC in our neighborhoods is to ensure the Community is prepared for any chemical emergency. This includes ensuring there is a timely response to any chemical emergency with properly trained and equipped emergency staff. This can only happen with careful and thoughtful chemical emergency planning. Your CTERC has been charged with ensuring that everyone has a right to know what is in their backyard and the Community is prepared to respond when needed. The CTERC has a strategic plan and recently updated the Community’s Chemical Emergency Response Plan. If you would like to review it, please let us know and we can provide you a copy. If you have a question, please don’t hesitate to call any of the CTERC members or your District representative. If you don’t know who your representative is, contact the Office of Emergency Management (520-562-4487) and they will put you in touch with your representative.
Protecting Ourselves in the Community
Trespassing can be one of the most dangerous things a person can do; it is made even more dangerous if you don’t know what lies beyond that Do Not Enter sign. The Chemical Tribal Emergency Response Commission (C-TERC) would like to remind everyone that trespassing on property in the Gila River Indian Community which are labeled as unsafe can result in serious injury or may even have long term health issues associated with it that are not immediately known. This is true for any location on or off Gila River Indian Community, this includes facilities or buildings that display a Do Not Enter sign, these areas are labeled as unsafe for a reason, this could be a facility not currently in use or just an area being worked on for future establishment, the issue is still about safety. We want the Community to be aware of these concerns and refrain from entering these areas for your own safety and the safety of others. Please remember the dangers to yourself and others when trespassing or entering facilities, buildings or land labeled with Do Not Enter, No Trespassing signs or fenced off areas. The safety and health for yourself and your loved ones are important to us. Chemical Tribal Emergency Response Commission (C-TERC)