Disaster Resources

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

Titlesort descending Organization Description Geography Website
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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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