FEMA Conducts Tribal Consultation and Solicits Comment for Emergency and Disaster Declaration Process

FEMA issued the following press release seeking tribal consultation through a solicitation for comments about the process to declare a state of emergency or major disaster.

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, President Obama signed the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, which included a provision amending the Stafford Act to provide federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native governments the option to choose whether to make a request directly to the President for a federal emergency or major disaster declaration, or to seek assistance, as they do presently, under a declaration for a State. 

To implement this historic provision, FEMA is initiating consultation with Indian tribal governments through the publication of a “Solicitation for Comments Regarding Current Procedures to Request Emergency and Major Disaster Declarations” in the Federal Register.  This solicitation asks Indian tribal governments for their thoughts and comments on how these requirements and factors may or may not be appropriate as applied to requests from Indian tribal governments.  The input provided will inform the development of a pilot program to process declaration requests from Indian tribal governments.

The “Solicitation for Comments Regarding Current Procedures to Request Emergency and Major Disaster Declarations” is available at the Federal Register (Docket ID FEMA-2013-0006 Document Number 2013-05391). FEMA also will be accepting comments on our online collaboration site http://fema.ideascale.com and by email at tribalconsultation@fema.dhs.gov.  Comments will be accepted until April 22, 2013.

Feel free to provide your input on any or all of the topics included.  You are welcome to include your thoughts on any other considerations that may not be covered in the solicitation.  Visit www.fema.gov/tribal-consultations for complete schedule and read ahead materials.

Thank you for your feedback and continued support. Together, we can support Indian Country in their efforts to build more resilient and better prepared communities.