Tribal Affairs

Caucus Chair:
Angie Ramos

Caucus Vice Chair:
Lisa Figueroa

Board Liaison:
Valerie Lucus-McEwen, CEM, iaem.r8@iaem.com

Staff Liaison:
John Osborne, john@iaem.com

IAEM-USA members interested in participating in this caucus should email the caucus staff liaison and tell them how you can contribute to or learn from this committee's important work.

Purpose Statement

The IAEM-USA Tribal Affairs Caucus monitors issues of emergency management relating to tribal governments in the United States.

Caucus Documents

Archived Caucus Documents

Caucus News

  • FEMA Will Accept Public Comments on Second Draft of Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance until Apr. 7, 2016 (12 Jan 2016) The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Jan. 8 announced that it is developing guidance to describe new procedures that tribes will follow to request declarations. During consultations, FEMA is asking tribal governments for their thoughts and comments on the second draft of the Tribal Declarations Pilot Guidance. The input provided during the tribal consultations will inform the further development of the pilot guidance. The new procedures are being developed because the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (SRIA) amended the Stafford Act to allow federally recognized Indian tribal governments the choice to request an emergency or major disaster declaration independently of a state or to seek disaster assistance through a state declaration. The second draft of the guidance includes key changes that are responsive to comments that FEMA received from tribes. These changes include: providing for more comprehensive evaluation of the need for Public Assistance grant program funding; modifying and adding definitions of terms, explaining how we look to implement federal statute, and considering additional cultural and religious needs. An overview of the second draft guidance is posted here. The guidance has been posted to the Federal Register for comment until Apr. 7, 2016. More information about FEMA Tribal Affairs is available here, and any questions should be directed to FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.

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