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
Addressing Climate Change Impacts through Disaster Planning APA Washington Chapter

The socio-economic impacts of climate change continue to grow incrementally with each event. Higher temperatures, changing landscapes, rising seas, increased risk of drought, fire and flood, stronger storms with greater storm damage, increased heat related illness and disease and higher economic losses are all directly related to climate change. Disaster preparedness will not prevent the effects of climate change, but can drastically reduce the impacts upon people and community.

Washington, Northwest, Puget Sound Link
Aid and International Development Forum: Disaster Relief Aid and International Development Forum

The Aid and International Development Forum (AIDF) is theworld leading forum specialising in disaster relief, resilience, mobile for development, food security and water security. They maintain a Disaster Relief webpage, featuring news on ongoing disasters, literature and other resources for disaster relief.

International Link
American Red Cross Disaster Safety Library American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has created this Disaster and Safety Library to assist you in preparing your home, school and workplace in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here you will find fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides and other helpful information to keep you informed and safe.

National, International Link
Climate Relief Fund Climate Relief Fund, NGO

The Climate Relief Fund is a charitable organization that secures funds for local climate disaster relief efforts.

National Link
Coastal Resiliency Index: A Community Self-Assessment NOAA and others

This document is intended to help communities gauge how prepared they are for a disaster.

National, International Link
Disaster Mitigation Planning Assistance [for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works] Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

This database catalogs existing support and resources for archives, libraries, museums and other repositories of historic and artistic works who are in need of disaster mitigation planning.

National Link
Emergency Management Institute: Tribal Curriculum FEMA

The Tribal Curriculum is a series of courses designed with Tribal people, for Tribal Governments, in order to meet the unique emergency management needs of these Sovereign Nations with regard to tribal culture, tradition, sovereignty and governance.

National Link
Emergency Preparedness Handbook for Tribal Governments Mountain-Plains Consortium

Many Native American tribal governments are lacking in emergency preparedness, a part of the emergency management cycle where planning for disasters happens. These governments need assistance planning for future disasters. Federal, and state governments, along with other agencies and organizations, have the knowledge and resources to help tribal governments develop emergency response plans. This handbook is a resource to help tribes develop and implement an emergency preparedness plan for responding to natural and man-made disasters if and why they occur.

West, Midwest, Mountain West Link
Emergency Preparedness Resources for Native Americans NGO

The mission of EPRNA is to foster collaborations between local, state, federal, and tribal/urban health care organizations for preparedness and response to disasters. The inter-agency partnering includes strategic prevention, detection, reporting, investigation, mitigation, and recovery. This organization maintains an extensive list of resources and assistance aimed at California tribal communities.

West, California Link
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.

National Link


International Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
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.

National Link
Hazard Mitigation Assistance FEMA

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

National Link
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
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.

National 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.

National Link
Northwest Emergency Management Council

NWTEMC is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that was initially formed in 2004 as a consortium of Tribes in the Northwest region of Washington State to help Tribes participate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management preparedness efforts. Currently the NWTEMC is composed of and serves Tribes in Washington, Oregon Idaho and Alaska for the purposes of information sharing and solidarity in dealing with homeland security/emergency management/public health issues as they pertain to Native Nations. NWTEMC's Charter and other Incorporation-related documents can be found on our About page. Please look around our website. We are constantly updating and enhancing it, so if you would like to see something added please let us know. If you have training events, meetings or other events, we will be glad to add them to our Calendar. If you would be interested in joining NWTEMC please send an e-mail to: info@nwtemc.org.

Washington, Northwest Link
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
Recovering From a Natural Disaster in College AC Online

Be it a raging wildfire in California, a hurricane in New York or mass flooding in Texas, natural disasters are a fact of life. Between 2000 and 2012, worldwide natural disasters affected nearly three billion people and cost $1.7 trillion in damages. Figuring out what to do in the immediate aftermath of a disaster is a challenge for anyone, but students living away from home from the first time may feel particularly vulnerable. Click the link for more information.