Being the self-motivator she is, Budweena has taken on some significant assignments with the Navajo Health Command Operations Center (HCOC). Her professional life has taken a complete 180 degree turn because of COVID-19. She has been assigned as the HCOC Logistics Deputy chief, and is currently assigned as the Planning Chief.
“Since the pandemic, I went from being an Office Specialist to HCOC Planning chief. My responsibilities have changed tenfold. I manage preparation strategies and plans for COVID-19 response. Many people look to me for direction, and information regarding the HCOC. I strategize and plan with the Instant Commander, section chiefs and the NDOH Director.”
As a Planning section chief her mission is “prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery,” as stated in FEMA.gov. She does this by collecting, evaluating, disseminating and use the information to develop the incident action plan. She also facilitates COVID-19 incident information to maintain current and future situational awareness of the pandemic.