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Emergency Preparedness

Published: April 17, 2012
Audience:
Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
Topics:
Best Practices, Tribal Governance
Types:
Informational Sheet
Tags:
disaster management plan, emergency response, mitigation, preparedness, recovery

Continuation of ANA Services in the Event of an Emergency

In the event of an emergency, ANA has developed a continuity of operation plan that will enable the agency to continue providing vital services to its grantees and maintain the safety of its staff.  Through enhanced information technology, ANA has the capability to meet its statutory requirements even if ANA’s federal and contract staff are located away from their official work stations.

  • ANA staff members have remote access to the agency’s web-based projects/grants management system, and are able to access grant files and contact grantees.
     
  • ANA also works with four regional training and technical assistance (T/TA) contractors who are able to disseminate information on the business operations of ANA, and provide special announcements or updates directly to ANA grantees.
     
  • The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) homepage provides important information for ANA grantees on how to access or draw down funds in the case of an emergency.

ANA’s Role in Emergency Preparedness

In ANA’s Social and Economic Development Strategies 2011-13 Funding Opportunity Announcement, Emergency Preparedness is listed as a sub-program area of interest.  It is defined as:

“Planning and coordinating emergency response services within the community and with state and local governments to protect against acts of nature and other catastrophic events such as fire, floods, and hazardous material exposure.”

Tribes, native nonprofit organizations, and other eligible organizations may apply for one, two, or three-year ANA grants under this sub-program area.  These funds may be used to help put in place mitigation, preparedness, response, or recovery strategies to assist Native American communities in dealing with various types of hazards and emergencies.


ANA’s Role in Emergency Response

ANA also occasionally provides funding to help native communities recover from natural disasters.  These grants give recipients a great deal of flexibility in implementing recovery strategies, often enabling them to address gaps that other funding may not cover. 
In recent years, ANA has provided grants to assist with recovery from the following disasters:

  • California wildfires (2007): ANA provided 6 six-month long recovery projects for 5 tribes and 1 nonprofit organization in Southern California ($649,000).
     
  • Hurricanes Ike and Gustav (2008): ANA is funding a 3-year project (2009-12) for the United Houma Nation in Louisiana to assist the tribe in setting up a non-commercial radio station.  The radio station will provide emergency (and other) information to the tribe’s 17,000 members, many of whom are located in geographically remote areas ($622,000).
     
  • American Samoa tsunami (2009): In July 2010, ANA funded 5 projects to assist communities affected by the 2009 American Samoa Tsunami ($312,000).

If you are an ANA grantee affected by a disaster, please contact your program specialist as soon as possible.  If you are not a grantee, please contact ANA at the toll-free Help Desk number: (877) 922-9262.


Funding for Emergency Response

For those interested in receiving emergency funding, it is important to note that ANA is not provided additional funding to respond to emergency situations beyond its existing budget from HHS.  All funding for emergency response comes from ANA’s regular annual budget, which is designated for ongoing social and economic development, language, and environmental projects.  Therefore, each year ANA has a limited amount of funding it can provide for emergency response.

ANA encourages grantees, as well as tribes and other organizations in Native American communities, to:

  • Develop comprehensive disaster management plans that help mitigate the effects of potential disasters.
     
  • Prepare emergency responders and local populations for possible disasters.
     
  • Put in place programs that assist in response and recovery should an emergency occur.
     
  • Develop the partnerships necessary for effective disaster management; establish close working relationships among all levels of government (federal, tribal, regional, state, and local) and the private sector (business and industry, voluntary organizations, and the general public).

The following page provides links to additional emergency preparedness and repsonse resources.