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PEOPLE & TRADITIONS - TRIBAL PREPAREDNESS FOR EMERGENCIES AND DISASTERS

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DisasterAssistance.gov: Access to Disaster Help and Resources
(Tribal Risk and Emergency Management Association)

Prepare for Emergencies in Tribal Nations
(Federal Emergency Management Administration)
Build a kit, make a plan, and be informed about what might happen.

What is Emergency Management?
(St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin)

For Researchers, Health Professionals, & Educators

Assessment of Public Health Workforce Bioterrorism and Emergency Preparedness Readiness Among Tribes in Washington State: a Collaborative Approach Among the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and the Washington State Department of Health.
(Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)
This 2005 article examines the collaboration, methodology, results, and lessons learned stemming from the experience of a unique university, state, and tribal collaborative model for public health emergency preparedness assessment activities.

Building Partnerships with Tribal Governments
(Federal Emergency Management Administration)
This interactive computer based course is designed to provide participants with basic knowledge to build effective partnerships with tribal governments to protect native people and property against all types of hazards.

Community and Tribal Health Clinic Emergency Response Preparedness in Nevada: 2004 Report (PDF, 374 KB)
(Nevada State Health Division)
This 2004 study established a baseline for emergency preparedness in federally qualified health clinics (FQHCs) that serve 16 communities and 12 tribal populations in Nevada.

Disaster Behavorial Health Information for Tribal Organizations
(Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, DHHS)
Provides behavorial health bibliographies focusing on working with tribal organizations.

Disaster Preparedness Training for Tribal Leaders
(Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology)
This 2008 report outlines a project which aimed to provide preparedness and response training to tribal leaders in Arizona.

Disaster Threats to Vulnerable Populations: Cultural Competency Critical to Disaster Threats
(National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities)
This 2009 paper reports the results of a study of two minority communities in Maine (the Passamaquoddy tribe on Pleasant Point Reservation and the Somali refugee community in the city of Lewiston). The study identifies gaps which exist between these communities’ and “mainstream” communities’ levels of preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness Education for CHRs
(Indian Health Service)
This train-the-trainer information for Community Health Representatives (CHR) will provide the resources to teach people how to prepare an emergency plan and kit.

Evaluation and Assessment of H1N1 Outreach for Urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (PDF, 16 MB)
(Urban Indian Health Institute)
This report summarizes key findings from two community focus groups and three key informant interviews conducted by the Urban Indian Health Institute on H1N1.

FEMA Tribal Policy (PDF, 366 KB)
(Federal Emergency Management Administration)
This 2010 revised policy statement has been developed, based on feedback received, to enhance FEMA’s relationship with the Nation’s American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal communities to support preparing for, recovering from, mitigating, and responding to all natural and manmade hazards and disasters.

Getting Ready in Indian Country: Emergency Preparedness and Response for Native American Cultural Resources
(Heritage Preservation)
This initiative is intended to advance emergency preparedness, stimulate new discussion, and inspire new initiatives in Indian Country, with regard to the protection of precious cultural and historic resources during disasters.
2010 Report (PDF, 49 KB)

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
(National Congress of American Indians)
Provides policy information, news and and documents.

National Training and Education Division
(Federal Emergency Management Administration)
Provide first responders with high-quality training that enhances their skills for preventing, protecting, responding to, and recovering from manmade and natural catastrophic events. Trainings can be in-person and online and several are free.

Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council: Building Systems Through Partnerships
(Northwest Tribal Emergency Mangement Council)
Recorded, online presentation provides an introduction to the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC) and emphasizes the need and importance of emergency management in tribal nations.

Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Vulnerable Populations in Tribal Communities
(American Journal of Public Health)
This 2009 article outlines potential issues to consider in identifying and providing appropriate services for selected vulnerable populations within tribal communities. We also highlight pandemic influenza preparedness resources available to tribal leaders and their partners in state and local health departments, academia, community-based organizations, and the private sector.

Regional Materials
(Federal Emergency Management Administration)
This site offers brochures, posters, and radio public service announcements to help individuals, families, and communities prepare for disasters. They are customized by region to reflect the diverse local conditions and cultures found in Alaska and Indian Country.

The 2006 California Heat Wave: Impacts on Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits
(Environmental Health Perspectives)

This 2009 journal article discusses racial/ethnic differences in hospitalizations and emergency department visits for specific illnesses during the 2006 California heat wave.

Training for Tribal Representatives
(Rural Assistance Center)
Descriptions, locations, and contact information for free training by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Tribal Resource Guide (PDF, 407 KB)
(Department of Homeland Security)
This 2012 guide highlights some of the DHS resources available to tribal nations to keep our nations safe and secure. This document summarizes and provides links to training, publications, guidance, alerts, newsletters, programs, and services available from across the Department to federally-recognized tribal nations.

Tribal Teen CERT (PDF, 12.4 MB)
(National Tribal Emergency Management Council)
VERY LARGE DOCUMENT. A train-the-trainer manual on how to implement and deliver the teen CERT program in their community. This a developed cirriculumn for adolescent learners. Created in 2007.

Utilization of the Native American Talking Circle to Teach Incident Command System to Tribal Community Health Representatives
(Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness)
A 2010 report reports on the use of the Native American Talking Circle format as a culturally appropriate method to teach the Incident Command System (ICS). The results of the evaluation suggest the talking format circle is well received and can significantly improve the understanding of ICS roles.

Organizations and Programs

American Indian or Alaska Native
(National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Prepardness for Culturally Diverse Communities)

American Indian Environmental Office Tribal Portal
(U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)


California Tribal Nations-Emer Management Council
The California Area Office of the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the California Indian Health Program (IHP), in collaboration with the Emergency Preparedness Resources for Native Americans (EPRNA) is creating capacity among its health care providers across California's Indian Country, to respond appropriately to natural and man-made threats and health emergencies.

Grants and Assistance Programs for Governments
(Federal Emergency Management Administration)

Inter Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation
ITLTRF seeks to strengthen and enhance the coordination of area-wide disaster recovery efforts on tribal lands located in Southern California affected by wildfires and other disasters by working with tribal, federal, state, and local government agencies.


National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities
The Center serves as a central clearinghouse of resources and an information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to improve preparedness, build resilience and eliminate disparities for culturally diverse communities across all phases of an emergency.


Northwest Tribal Emergency Mangement Council
Provide guidance for member tribes to develop sustainable and all-hazard comprehensive approaches to Terrorism and Homeland Security initiatives, and an all hazard emergency management approach that emphasizes both inter and intra jurisdictional cooperation to maximize resources in mutual aid, training, exercises, planning, and equipping. In addition, the council shall assist member tribes with regulatory requirements as mandated in various federal programs, without liability for compliance attached thereto.

Preparing American Indians and Alaska Natives
(National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Prepardness for Culturally Diverse Communities)

Tribal Emergency Mutual Aid Compact (TEMAC)
(National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Prepardness for Culturally Diverse Communities)

Tribal Information
(Federal Emergency Management Administration)


Information About Preparedness for Everyone

American Red Cross Emergency Contact Card (PDF, 59 KB)
(American Red Cross)
Fill out this contact card with your friends and family and have on hand in case of an emergency or disater.


Emergency Preparedness and You
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‚ DHHS)

Preparing for Emergencies
(American Red Cross)

Ready.gov
(Federal Emergency Management Administration)

Ready.gov for Kids
(Federal Emergency Management Administration)

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