If Sioux Falls has emergency plans, what are they?

Many cities across the US are setting up temporary hospitals in convention centers to deal with the non-critical patients. Are we?

I’ve been told by several people that ‘maybe’ the city has plans for things I have pointed out over the past week;

• Temporary hospitals

• Food insecurity

• Housing assistance

• Flood control

I have argued that if that is the case, we certainly haven’t been communicated that. At the Thursday special council meeting several officials bragged about the daily press briefings on the virus crisis, but if they are not sharing critical information and plans, what’s the point?

We have heard about the plan to help people thru the Community Foundation, but that pot is going to have be a lot bigger and the city needs to start preparing to dip into the reserves. WHAT IS THE PLAN?

Feeding South Dakota has been giving out food but lack enough volunteers. I suggest city employees help with this, but what is the long term plan when grocers shut down? WHAT IS THE PLAN?

We have heard literally nothing on temporary hospitals being set up. Maybe all the cars at the Sanford Fieldhouse were people setting one up there? But I doubt it. WHAT IS THE PLAN?

Many people have been reaching out to city councilors asking if we have a stock of sandbags in case a flood occurs again. WHAT IS THE PLAN?

If we do have plans, that is wonderful. But in a time of crisis we must share those plans with the public, if we don’t have plans, we need to be working on them instead of concentrating on campaigning for the next election.

Now is not the time to ignore transparency. Democracy dies in Darkness. Tell us WTF is going on!


#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.28.20 at 2:31 pm

The Community Foundation is the equivalent of what the Monopoly game once called ‘Community Chest.’ Monopoly was a game once played by Americans, when we had our capitalistic system. Our capitalistic system was an economic system in our country before the great virus. The virus solidified the Age of Trump, however, where elections were no longer necessary as long as the checks kept coming as cyberspace became the new Main Street and as Americans permanently distanced themselves from each other. This great distancing ignited a new tribalism, too, where one can only hope the flames of democracy still exist in the darkness of the great virus.

#2 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.28.20 at 3:02 pm

This might be a good time for the local FOX channel to start running re-runs of the Caribou Show.

At a time like this, laughter can soothe the pain of fear, boredom, and distancing. Plus, Santa Rat’s return could comfort us, too, like the re-lighting of the KELO tower has done.

And who wouldn’t want to enjoy once again seeing Mayor Munson standing in front of Skunk Creek talking about the benefits of breeding mosquitoes, or enjoying the adventures of a farmer, who won the lottery, traveling to Sioux Falls to splurge on a hamburger sandwich; and don’t forget the mountain lion state park episode, too.

Oh yes, how ironic, how predatory lending could lend us some comfort at this time from a predatory virus.

( and Woodstock adds: “Say, that’s a good idea”…. “Between losing Hardball on MSNBC, the virus, March Madness, and MLB, and no longer being able to drool over Trish Regan on FOX, what else does a guy have to do?”….)

#3 scott on 03.28.20 at 3:31 pm

he’s doing the only thing knows how to do, and that’s market.

#4 D@ily Spin on 03.28.20 at 3:44 pm

Hasn’t the plan always been to panhandle and live under bridges? Huether would jail you on weekends if there’s an event. Everything’s canceled and closed so no more 3 squares and a cot.

#5 is it 10, 11 or 12 Hanken? on 03.29.20 at 8:54 am

If PTH is returning to his Dutch roots and splitting his name, will he start signing all official documents with a split name? He might have to reconsider this questionable act.

When a person is elected to office, the person has to sign the document with the name to be used on official documents. By splitting his name in two, 2 years into office, he may have to go to court to make it official. He established his office name and now he wants to hide from its legacy?

In the middle of a time when people want stability, he decides to change his name? How self serving is this action? How confusing does it become when you don’t even know who your “leader” is? He decided to make a political decision to name himself Tenhaken in 2018, he must keep the moniker until the next time he signs the election installation forms.

#6 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 03.29.20 at 12:45 pm

COVID 19, 10 Haken: It now all makes sense. Why didn’t we see this earlier?…. And the French remind us: “What about Kim Jong UN, too?”

#7 Gill on 03.29.20 at 1:34 pm

Wahhhhh! I want to know what is going on! Wahhhhhh! Of course there’s a plan you dope.

#8 ten haken on 03.29.20 at 1:56 pm

I wonder how many SF residents who cast a vote for Paul TenHaken in 2018 are reconsidering that vote?

These are NOT the words of a leader:

“I didn’t sign-up for this.”

Is this the guy you want calling the shots when Minnehaha County reaches peak numbers and surges are happening at both hospitals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#9 l3wis on 03.29.20 at 2:02 pm

Gill, you know everybody keeps telling us
there are plans, but why are these mysterious plans being kept from us? If we have plans to help the public and keep us safe, what would be the purpose to keep them from us? That’s just ignorant to keep emergency plans from the public. I’ll give you the short answer, they don’t have plans.

#10 anonymous on 03.29.20 at 2:51 pm

Or, l3wis, they know the scope of their plans will not cover what is headed our way….

Gill reminds me of the voters whose usual response is….we elected ’em, don’t need to know, we trust ’em…..

#11 "Very Stable Genius" on 03.29.20 at 7:02 pm

If Sanford and Avera are such a big thing, then why was, or is, the state lab working with Monument Health?

#12 Warren Phear on 03.29.20 at 7:50 pm

This is what we are going to learn about SF. In the very near future. Is this a town of upwardly mobile folks who want all the glitz and glamour in the form of a shiny new uptown with PLENTY of parking, or are we a town of folks living from paycheck to paycheck? My money is on the latter. The number of kids on free and reduced school lunches is hint number 1. Number2. Go to the fairgrounds on Friday afternoon and see how many folks need pastor Jeffs help with food.

Oh, and don’t forget to go outside tomorrow night and shine a light in the sky for unity. My God. These people are so out of touch with reality.

#13 WTF on 03.29.20 at 7:59 pm

Gill, this town never has plans except to pretend for BOOM TIME!

#14 Gill on 03.30.20 at 7:42 am

@Anon, if the outbreak here is similar to NY then yes our system will be overwhelmed like many other cities worldwide. I guarantee the plan, like elsewhere, is going to be to triage patients. Our system, just iike every other city in the world, just can’t handle a massive influx of critical patients unless given a year or more to prep. That’s why it is so important to follow isolation and distancing guidelines. You have heard the old Mike Tyson saying – Everyone has a plan until they are punched in the face.

@Warren, Congrats, you have just described every city in North America. Why do you think the Feds just had a 2 trillion bailout? They know the whole system is paycheck to paycheck. I would venture to guess there will be more bailouts to come.

As to point number two, who cares how those people chose to handle the stress and uncertainty of the Pandemic.

#15 LJL on 03.30.20 at 1:13 pm

Wasting your time Gill. Hope is just a word on their faded out bumper stickers.

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