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Tribal Preparedness for Emergencies and Disasters

Emergency Kits

Indian Country

Federal Emergency Management Administration

Build a kit, make a plan, and be informed about what might happen.  See the Regional Materials section to find 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.

Tribal Preparedness Access to Disaster Help and Resources

Tribal Risk and Emergency Management Association

(PDF, 1.1 MB)

Indian Country

Federal Emergency Management Administration

Build a kit, make a plan, and be informed about what might happen.  See the Regional Materials section to find 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.

What is Emergency Management?

St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin

Research and Education Tools

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.

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.

Emergency Management

National Congress of American Indians

Provides policy information, news and and documents.

Emergency Preparedness Education for CHRs

Indian Health Service, HHS

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

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. (PDF, 16 MB)

Getting Ready in Indian Country: Emergency Preparedness and Response for Native American Cultural Resources

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)

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)

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.

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

Knowlton K, Rotkin-Ellman M, King G, Margolis HG, Smith D, Solomon G, Trent R, English P.

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

Federal Emergency Management Administration

Descriptions, locations, and contact information for free training by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Tribal Policies and Legislation

Federal Emergency Management Administration

Links to key legislation and agency policies that help guide FEMA’s relationship with tribal governments.

Tribal Resource Guide

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. (PDF, 407 KB)

Tribal Teen CERT

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. (PDF, 12.4 MB)

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.

General Health Information on Preparedness

American Red Cross Emergency Contact Card

American Red Cross

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

Disaster Preparedness and Recovery in MedlinePlus

National Library of Medicine

Emergency Preparedness and You

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS

Prepare for Emergencies

American Red Cross

Federal Emergency Management Administration for Kids

Federal Emergency Management Administration

Organizations and Programs

American Red Cross

Environmental Protection in Indian Country

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

FEMA Tribal Affairs

Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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

Drexel University

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.

National Tribal Emergency Management Council

Northwest Tribal Emergency Management 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.

Tribal Emergency Mutual Aid Compact (TEMAC)

National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Prepardness for Culturally Diverse Communities

Tribal Risk and Emergency Management Association


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.