Disaster Resources

This page includes information about disaster management and planning resources that may assist tribes in addressing climate-related disasters.

Titlesort ascending Organization Description Geography Website
Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS) University of Southern Carolina and others

The Vulnerability, Consequences, and Adaptation Planning Scenarios (VCAPS) process supports planning by local decision makers concerned about coastal management and climate change vulnerability and adaptation.

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United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR): Disaster Statistics United Nations (UN)

UNISDR hosts a series of web-based tools which track existing disasters and provide information about disaster-risks worldwide. These tools catalog past disasters and model future disaster risks.

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United Nations enable: Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Situations UN

Different populations may face similar risks of exposure to the negative effects of environmental and man-made disasters, but their actual vulnerability is dependent on their socio-economic conditions, civic and social empowerment, and access to mitigation and relief resources. Individuals with disabilities are disproportionately affected in disaster, emergency, and conflict situations due to inaccessible evacuation, response (including shelters, camps, and food distribution), and recovery efforts.

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United Nations Development Programme: Disaster Risk Reduction United Nations (UN) Development Programme

NDP helps develop the capacity of governments in over 60 countries to respond to disasters and mitigate the risk they pose. UNDP is guiding policy; training communities and first responders; helping planners; and integrating disaster risk reduction strategies into national development plans.

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U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit NOAA

A portal designed to support, educate, and enhance the development of information and tools to address climate risks.

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Tribal Green Building Code Guidance: Tribal Green Building Ordinance, Code Language and References EPA

This Tribal Green Building Codes guidance provides examples of tribal green building ordinance and code language as well as code references.

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Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance Consultation FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)

The Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, signed by President Obama on January 29, 2013, included a provision providing federally recognized tribal governments the option to directly request a presidential emergency or major disaster declaration without going through a state government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently processing tribal declaration requests using the state declaration regulations in order to allow tribes to take immediate advantage of the provision. FEMA is seeking to develop tribal-specific declarations procedures through consultation with tribal governments. Comments on the second draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance will be accepted until April 7, 2016.

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Tribal Declaration and Disaster Assistance Resources FEMA

On January 29, 2013, President Obama signed the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, which amended the Stafford Act. The Act included a provision to provide federally recognized Indian tribal governments the option to request a Presidential emergency or major disaster declaration independent of a state. Tribal governments may still choose to seek assistance, as they have historically, under a state declaration request. Below are some resources to help tribes understand the disaster declaration process, as well as the various disaster assistance programs they may receive.

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Surging Seas: Risk Zone Map NOAA

Climate Central’s Surging Seas: Risk Zone map shows areas vulnerable to near-term flooding from different combinations of sea level rise, storm surge, tides, and tsunamis, or to permanent submersion by long-term sea level rise. Within the U.S., it incorporates the latest, high-resolution, high-accuracy lidar elevation data supplied by NOAA, displays points of interest, and contains layers displaying social vulnerability, population density, and property value. Outside the U.S., it utilizes satellite-based elevation data from NASA. It provides the ability to search by location name or postal code.

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Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction United Nations (UN) Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Sendai Framework is a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement which recognizes that the State has the primary role to reduce disaster risk but that responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders including local government, the private sector and other stakeholders.

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Red Guide to Recovery: Native Edition: TREMA Red Cross, Amerind

The Red Guide to Recovery – Native Edition was created to assist disaster survivors in Tribal communities by making available a single source of pertinent, easy to read disaster recovery information that will walk them step-by-step through the recovery process while raising awareness of the many pitfalls that may present themselves in post-disaster scenarios. - See more at: http://www.theredguidetorecovery.com/red-guide-native-edition-ebook/#sth...

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Public Safety Canada: About Disaster Mitigation Public Safety Canada

This website provides links to tools and information used by the Canadian government to inform local and regional disaster planning.

International, Canada Link
Mitigation Planning for Local and Tribal Communities FEMA

A course designed to assist participants in undertaking the hazard mitigation plan development process and help federal and state plan reviewers interpret the regulations to inform the review of local or Tribal hazard mitigation plans.

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Mitigation for Tribal Governments Training FEMA

This 4-day course provides tribal representatives with an understanding of reducing potential losses from natural or other hazards using mitigation opportunities and techniques, examples of mitigation success stories, and an overview of available FEMA Mitigation Programs. Primary emphasis is on helping tribal emergency managers and planners identify mitigation planning requirements and identifying mitigation opportunities to protect their communities.

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Inter Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation NGO

The ITLTRF is a tribal non profit with a mission to strengthen and coordinate disaster services on tribal lands in Southern California.

Southwest, California Link
Hazard Mitigation Assistance FEMA

This page provides general information on hazard mitigation and the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs.

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

Getting Ready in Indian Country is an invitation to consider emergency preparedness specifically for Native American interests. Developed with support from the National Park Service and the Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance of the Department of the Interior, this new initiative is intended to advance emergency preparedness, stimulate discussion, and inspire new projects for the care and protection of tribal heritage. This website features a brief report summarizing key issues, an inventory of disaster resources for cultural heritage, and a question list designed to help tribal archives and cultural centers maintain emergency preparedness.

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GAO Emergency Management Report: FEMA Has Made Progress since Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, but Challenges Remain Government and Accountability Office (GAO)

GAO's recent work highlights both the progress and challenges in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) efforts to lead national preparedness efforts, particularly efforts to assess emergency support capabilities and enhance logistics capabilities. Assessing capabilities is critical to ensure that they will be available when needed in emergencies.

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FY 2016 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and projects on an annual basis. The PDM program was put in place to reduce overall risk to people and structures, while at the same time, also reducing reliance on federal funding if an actual disaster were to occur.

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FEMA Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

This Tribal Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance assists Indian Tribal governments and other tribal entities to identify and assess their risk to natural hazards through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) multi-hazard mitigation planning process.

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FEMA Tribal Affairs FEMA

Tribal governments and their members are an essential part of our nation’s emergency management team. Effective relationships with tribes are necessary to fulfill FEMA’s mission of working together to improve our nation’s disaster preparedness and response. FEMA is committed to supporting Indian Country in its efforts to build more resilient and better prepared communities.
Along with the need to ensure the safety of tribal communities and tribal lands in the face of disasters, FEMA shares the U.S. government’s unique nation to nation relationship with federally recognized tribes. FEMA acknowledges the sovereignty of federally recognized tribes and is committed to enhancing our working relationship with tribal governments to improve emergency and disaster responsiveness throughout Indian Country.

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FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA’s Risk MAP tool contains high quality flood maps and tools and outreach support to assist a variety of stakeholders, including state and local officials, in mitigating flood risk.

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FEMA Preparedness Resources for Tribes Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA maintains a website to host information specific to tribes to assist them with emergency preparedness. The website also includes announcements about FEMA funding available to tribes to improve emergency preparedness in tribal communities and a link to FEMA's Ready in Indian Country Program.

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FEMA Mitigation Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

This website provides information about disaster mitigation. The page describes terms associated with disaster planning, and provides tools to inform planning efforts.

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FEMA Local Mitigation Planning Handbook Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

The Local Mitigation Planning Handbook (Handbook) is the official guide for local governments to develop, update and implement local mitigation plans.

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FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning Resources Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

This page provides resources for state, tribal, and local officials and other parties engaged in developing and implementing hazard mitigation plans.

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FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning Online Guide Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

This page introduces hazard mitigation planning, describes the benefits of risk assessment and planning, and provides an overview of FEMA’s mitigation plan requirement, a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance.

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FEMA and Tribal Nations: A Pocket Guide FEMA

This guides provides information and resources that may be helpful to Tribal partners. The guide explains the Agency's policies related to tribal engagement, outlines key FEMA programs and how they specifically relate to federally-recognized tribes, and provides contact information for the Agency's tribal liaisons.

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EPA Region 10 Guidance for Preparing Tribal Emergency Response Plans EPA

This guidance document is designed to assist tribes in developing emergency response plans to address oil and hazardous materials spills; natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, and fires; and other types of emergencies.

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