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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
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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.

Emergency Resource Links

AMERICAN RED CROSS

  • Ready Rating: A free, self-paced, web-based membership program that provides a comprehensive assessment of whether an organization is prepared to handle a disaster, and gives customized feedback on how it can improve its efforts. 

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (FEMA)

  • Ready.gov: A national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters such as winter weather, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires.
     
  • DisasterAssistance.gov: Provides information on how you might be able to get help from the U.S. Government before, during, and after a disaster; can be used to apply for funding from 17 government agencies, reducing the number of forms needed and shortening the time it takes to apply for aid.
     
  • Tribal Information: Includes FEMA tribal policy, grant information, and training resources.
     
  • National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP): Offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP. 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

  • USDA Emergency Preparedness and Response: A resource center for important information on crop insurance, emergency farm loans, Farm Service Agency disaster assistance programs, the Risk Management Agency, and much more. 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

  • Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR): Provides resources on public health emergencies, including: disaster response; agents, diseases, and other threats; food safety; air and water quality; traumatic events and mental health; and human services.
     
  • Disaster Assistance for Older Americans: A comprehensive overview of planning and response information, resources, and strategies that can assist individuals and the Aging Services Network to better prepare for, and respond to, all types of emergencies and disasters.
     
  • Indian Health Service (IHS) Emergency Preparedness: Community Health Representatives (CHRs) help educate their communities on how to prepare an emergency plan, such as bringing an emergency kit when traveling, and accessing resources available to individuals, families, and the whole community. 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT (HUD)

  • HUD Disaster Resources: Lists a variety of disaster resources provided by HUD, including mortgage assistance, home improvement and rehabilitation loans, and assistance for public and Indian housing.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

  • Severe Storm and Flood Recovery Assistance: Assistance from DOL with recovery efforts in communities affected by severe storms and floods through National Emergency Grants, and technical assistance and resources offered through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
     
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

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