Be Disaster Aware: Tribal Audiences

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National Preparedness Month

September 9, 2014

The National Preparedness Community #NatlPrep Tribal Communities


During a disaster, basic services such as communication networks can be damaged by flood, fire, wind, or other events. Should that occur, who within your community will be available to help? Will you have the available resources to easily request help?


If a disaster strikes a Tribal community, it could be days before assistance can reach a remote or heavily damaged reservation and restore basic services. Would you and your family be ready to support yourself until assistance was available? Visit for more information on how to prepare your family for an emergency and take steps to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe and able to be self-sufficient in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.


Ready Indian Country


FEMA has a government-to-government relationship with Tribal and Alaska Native governments, as reflected in our Tribal Policy.   FEMA communicates and works with tribal officials to help tribal communities be prepared before an emergency and recover after disaster strikes.  As part of the federal-Tribal collaboration and to create better prepared Tribal communities. FEMA also recently instituted a Tribal Consultation Policy to better communicate with, and receive input from, tribes on FEMA actions that have tribal implications.


The goal of Ready Indian Country is to work with tribal governments to build emergency management capabilities and partnerships to ensure continued disaster preparedness of Tribal nations and communities. To learn more about building capabilities, visit FEMA's Emergency Management Institute for additional information on training for Tribal Representatives.

Be sure to also watch and share "Preparing Makes Sense in Indian Country", an instructional video containing information specific to Indian Country and tips on how tribal peoples can prepare for emergency situations. Click below to watch!


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