Disaster Resources

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

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What are? Measures of Fire Behavior; Fire Facts Northwest Fire Science Consortium

"Fire behavior can be characterized as the manner in which a fire reacts to the interaction of fuel, weather, and topography - the "fire behavior triangle." The four main parameters used to describe fire behavior include: rate of spread, fireline intensity, flame length, and flame height."

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Western Water Applications Office (WWAO) NASA

The mission of NASA’s Western Water Applications Office (WWAO) is to help solve important and pressing water-resource problems that the western United States faces today. To do this, WWAO equips water decision-makers with useful, accessible and sustained remote-sensing-based information.

Western United States Link
Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program USDa, NRCS

The Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program helps units of federal, state, local and tribal of government (project sponsors) protect and restore watersheds up to 250,000 acres.

This program provides for cooperation between the Federal government and the states and their political subdivisions to work together to prevent erosion; floodwater and sediment damage; to further the conservation development, use and disposal of water; and to further the conservation and proper use of land in authorized watersheds.

There are 2,100 active or completed watershed projects in the 50 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Pacific Basin. Dams are included in 1,271 of those projects.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers financial and technical assistance through this program for the following purposes:

Erosion and sediment control
Watershed protection
Flood prevention
Water quality Improvements
Rural, municipal and industrial water supply
Water management
Fish and wildlife habitat enhancement
Hydropower sources

Rural Link
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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USDA Disaster Resource Center USDA

Here you will you find information about specific disasters and emergencies, how to prepare, recover, and help build long-term resilience, as well as information about USDA assistance during disaster events.

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US Coastal Property at Risk from Rising Seas Union of Concerned Scientists

This national analysis identifies the number of US homes at risk from chronic flooding over the coming decades due to sea level rise. It also shows the current property value, estimated population, and portion of the property tax base at risk. Information is available by state, community, and zip code. For this analysis, chronic flooding is defined to be flooding that occurs 26 times or more per year, a level of disruption also referred to as chronic inundation. Two time frames are featured. The first falls within the lifespan of a 30-year mortgage issued today. The second extends out to 2100, when more than 2.4 million of today's homes could be at risk. The challenges and choices that come with rising seas are profound and have significant implications for coastal residents, communities, and the broader economy. We explore these implications in the closing section.

US coastlines Link
Urban Adaptation Assessment Kresge Foundation, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative

The Urban Adaptation Assessment (UAA) is an interactive database funded by the Kresge Foundation and led by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN) that collates a rich dataset within a visual platform to give leaders the data they need to make decisions on how best to adapt and prepare. Encompassing data from over 270 cities within the United States, including all 50 states and Puerto Rico, whose populations are above 100,000, the UAA allows you to explore the connection between vulnerabilities to climate disasters, adaptive capacities, and how these are distributed within a city. Our easy-to-use tool gives you metrics to see your city’s risk and readiness in seconds. It also enables you to download extensive datasets, and examine which neighborhoods to focus your 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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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.

International Link
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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Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) USDA Forest Service

The Template for Assessing Climate Change Impacts and Management Options (TACCIMO) integrates climate change science into land management and planning. This tool generates reports capturing and organizing information for a specific location and natural resource issue by synchronizing climate change literature with mapping tools and climate models.

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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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Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) EPA

SWMM-CAT allows users to evaluate climate change impacts on stormwater runoff volume and quality, and to explore how the application of various low-impact development (LID) options can be used to alter these hydrological parameters. SWMM provides a spatial and temporal analysis of runoff quality and quantity by dividing basins into multiple sub-catchment areas and analyzing runoff at different time steps. It covers a variety of different drivers that can cause runoff in urban areas, including rainfall, snowmelt, and groundwater percolation, among others, and also allows for mapping and modeling of different sub-catchment drainage system components, including pipes, channels, diversion structures, storage and treatment facilities, and natural channels.

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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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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.

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Projected Sea Level Rise in Washington State: A 2018 Assessment Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP)

The Washington Coastal Resilience Project (WCRP) is a three-year effort to rapidly increase the state’s capacity to prepare for coastal hazards, such as flooding and erosion, that are related to sea level rise. The project will improve risk projections, provide better guidance for land use planners and strengthen capital investment programs for coastal restoration and infrastructure.

One of the objectives of the WCRP is to develop an updated assessment of projected sea level change for coastal Washington State and its relationship to coastal hazards such as flooding and erosion. Washington State has two previous assessments of sea level rise; one published in 2012 by the National Academies of Science (NRC, 2012), and another in 2008 (Mote et al., 2008). This report provides an updated set of sea level rise projections that incorporates the latest science, provides community-scale projections, and is designed for direct application to risk management and planning. Subsequent reports will describe new findings related to storm surge, waves, and efforts to integrate sea level rise in coastal planning and management.

Washignton State Link
Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters CDC

The right message at the right time from the right person can save lives. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Joint Information Center (JIC), as part of CDC’s Incident Management System (IMS), developed a key messages document while activated for the 2017 hurricane season response. The 2017 Hurricane Response Key Messages served as a tool to communicate critical health messages and response updates to partners. The JIC worked with CDC subject matter experts to develop key messages that addressed emerging challenges, including food safety, carbon monoxide poisoning, waterborne diseases, and mold. Having an accessible, online document provided jurisdictions with the most up-to-date science to communicate accurately and effectively about exposure and health risks—as well as protective measures—associated with hurricanes and flooding. After the hurricane response, CDC expanded the scope of the key messages document to include messages on preparedness, safety, and recovery. The purpose of the Preparedness and Safety Messaging for Hurricanes, Flooding, and Similar Disasters is to provide a preparedness and response resource for all jurisdictions. Jurisdictions can add the preparedness and safety messaging document as a resource to their communication plans that address hazards expected from extreme weather involving strong wind and high water, like hurricanes and floods.

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OnTrack: Natural Disaster Data Recovery OnTrack

You think it’s gone? It’s not gone until we say it’s gone. Over the last 30 years, Ontrack engineers have successfully recovered data from almost every device and data loss situation, including severe fire and flood damaged devices. Many possessions can be replaced, but your data is irreplaceable. Flood, fire, tornado or other natural disasters can damage your data, but we can get it back. Your data recovery is our top priority.

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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.

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NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

The NIH Disaster Research Response Program (DR2) is the national framework for research on the medical and public health aspects of disasters and public health emergencies. The DR2 website, provided by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the National Library of Medicine, supports disaster science investigators by offering data collection tools, research protocols, disaster research news and events, and more.

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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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Land Use Fuels Wildfires in the West USC Price 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
Hazard Mitigation Assistance FEMA

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

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