Tribal Emergency Preparedness Planning

Natural disasters are becoming more severe and more frequent, and because of this both the federal government and states are putting more resources and funding toward emergency management for local governments and for Native American tribal governments. The emergency management cycle flows from: event (disaster), response to disaster (life saving measures), recovery (rebuilding), mitigation (trying to lessen future disasters' impact), then preparation (planning on how to response for next disaster will be). Each part of the cycle is important; however, the preparedness section is critical for how response and recovery will be done in the future. This, along with the thought that during a disaster it is too late to plan, emergency preparedness planning is a critical issue for Native American tribal governments. There is a general lack of emergency preparedness planning being done by tribes that then makes response, recovery, and mitigation harder to do well. The truth is that not all emergencies can be handled by tribal governments alone, but like other governments, tribes need assistance beyond their resources which includes planning for future disasters. Federal and state governments and tribes that have gone through emergencies have the knowledge and resources to help those tribes that have not yet become fully involved to create plans based on best practices for response, recovery, and mitigation, along with where to get resources and funding for emergency management. The purpose of this research is to help close the gap in tribal government emergency management by developing a resource workbook and best practices manual in emergency preparedness, developing a training workshop to go along with the materials in the manual for presentation to tribal governments, and putting together a clearing house hub of information of the lessons learned based on emergency planning for Native American tribal governments. Critical issues to be addressed include: (1) The need for tribes to understand the importance of emergency preparedness planning; and the resources available for planning and programs to address those needs; (2) To assess current tribal emergency management plans and programs and identify the tribal needs or gaps in emergency preparedness planning and programs; (3) To identify and describe case studies of tribal emergency planning and operations that have taken place; (4) To create informational resources that address the lack of awareness by all tribes of program resources and knowledge to address disaster planning, programs, and opportunities for mitigation; and (5) To create knowledge exchange and shared information among tribes to better understand emergency preparedness planning and program implementation and address potential lack of coordinated response and recovery by tribes involved in regional disasters.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $17292
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute

    1320 Albrecht Blvd.
    Fargo, ND  United States  58102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Mielke, Jon

    Winchell, Dick

    Murphy, Ashley

  • Start Date: 20140521
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180731
  • Actual Completion Date: 20150303
  • Source Data: MPC-457

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01648736
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT13-G-UTC38
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Oct 22 2017 1:03PM