This resource page will equip you with what you need to know about FEMA, how disaster aid differs for reservation communities, and how it can affect you as a homeowner on the reservation. We encourage you to read this information now and to download it for future reference.
Don’t be a victim — be a survivor. Learning what you need to know before disaster strikes can help you avoid some of the physical, financial and psychological distress that can accompany the long and slow recovery period after a major loss.
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"Must have" guides to prepare for disasters and recovery on the reservation:
The Native Family Disaster Preparedness Handbook was written specifically to guide reservation-based families and tribes on how to prepare for disasters. Written by Vincent B. Davis and Sean M. Scott et al., this handbook provides relevant information about risks, options and practical steps that Native American tribes and families can take to save lives and protect property before and during disasters.
To prepare for disaster recovery ahead of time, The Red Guide to Recovery Resource Handbook for Disaster Survivors (Native American & Alaska Native Edition) by Sean Scott provides in-depth details and walks you step-by-step through the recovery process. Both books provide crucial knowledge that can be used to strengthen tribal family and community resiliency.
Page credits: This resource page is hosted by Partnership With Native Americans, in collaboration with Preparedness Matters founder Vincent B. Davis, and Sean M. Scott, who co-authored “The Native Family Disaster Preparedness Handbook,” along with Adam Geisler, Vice-chairman of the Inter Tribal Long-Term Recovery Foundation, and Tribal Print Source, a Native-owned printing firm. The handbook was developed as an offshoot of a collaborative project with Native Public Media, Scott and Davis, who also developed “The Emergency Guide for Broadcasters Serving Indian Country,” a training tool providing disaster media guidance for the 57 radio and 4 TV outlets serving tribal communities. Davis and Scott have decades of experience in emergency management and recovery, including working with tribes and tribal citizens in a reservation setting.
- FAQ's for disaster preparedness & recovery on the reservation
- Disaster facts for homeowners on the reservation
- A real life disaster story from a reservation homeowner
- Quick start guide to recovery — what to do first
- More resources for disaster preparedness and recovery
- Disaster awareness news for Native Americans and groups working with them