Disaster Preparedness Handbook


About The Handbook
The Urgent Need for Tribal Community Preparedness
The Native Family Disaster Preparedness Handbook was created to help bridge the disaster preparedness gap by providing timely, relevant information about risks, options, and practical steps Native families can take, to save lives and protect property, before, during, and after disasters.

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Today, with the escalating threat of natural and human caused disasters, Native American and Alaska Native families are increasingly at-risk. The vulnerability to fatalities, injuries, destruction of property and sacred sites, and contamination of water, soil and other resources is greater than ever before. In the past ten years there have been more than 1,000 Federal disasters declared in the U.S., with hundreds of smaller but equally devastating incidents occurring daily.

For Native American and Alaska Native residents across the U.S., there is an urgent need to prepare. Preparing these Native communities is even more challenging because of limited access important information. Minimal access to preparedness education in Native communities is further indication that disproportionate numbers Tribal residents will continue to suffer severe outcomes in disasters. Vulnerable populations such as the elderly, disabled, and children are even more susceptible to injuries, health crises, and fatalities.

The 66-page full color Handbook can be used as a standalone preparedness manual, or to supplement existing training efforts to help Native families prepare.


  • Individuals & Families
  • Emergency Managers & Tribal Leaders
  • Community Emergency Response Teams (C.E.R.T)
  • Youth & Schools
  • Public Health Providers
  • Disaster Relief Organizations
  • Housing Authorities

As a practical tool, the Native Family Disaster Handbook is a primer for providing simple, basic preparedness knowledge and tips to ensure Tribal communities are ready to care for themselves and their neighbors when catastrophe strikes. If you choose, you can donate your purchased Handbook to National Tribal Emergency Management Council to help a Native family get ready at no cost.