FEMA releases new National Tribal Strategy

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - FEMA released a national tribal strategy, the agency’s first, to better address its responsibilities to federally recognized tribal nations when responding to and preparing for disasters affecting tribal lands.

    The “2022-2026 FEMA National Tribal Strategy” provides FEMA with a roadmap to refine and elaborate on major strategic goals and objectives we are working to achieve. It includes information requested and recommended by tribal nations through outreach sessions.

    Through the new strategy, FEMA will initiate a national study on tribal emergency management capacity and capabilities, develop a comprehensive FEMA Guide of programs, develop tribal-specific technical assistance resources, regularly convene an annual meeting of national and regional tribal liaisons and expand training opportunities for tribal nations, and other related objectives.
    The “2022-2026 FEMA National Tribal Strategy” follows the structure of the “2022-2026 FEMA Strategic Plan” and better aligns FEMA capabilities to the needs of tribal governments as they lead their communities to a future that is more prepared for and resilient against disasters.

    FEMA said the strategy implementation is channeled through actions to foster stronger collaboration and information sharing between FEMA and tribal nations.

    Several other Inititaives are being undertaken, one is to initiate a national study on tribal emergency management capacity and capabilities.

    Another seeks to create a new FEMA Tribal Affairs Work Group, which will serve as an internal body tasked to ensure the agency’s approach during the engagement and service of tribes is elevated, coordinated, resourced and matured across all FEMA mission areas.

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