Resilience Now, Resilience Tomorrow: Tribal/Indigenous Community Emergency Preparedness

Resilience Now, Resilience Tomorrow: Tribal/Indigenous Community Emergency Preparedness

Nikki Cooley
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals-Climate Change
Time Slot: 
Working Groups and Trainings 2
Session Type: 
Working Group

Emergency response and preparedness are fundamental in resilient communities and are key in climate adaptation planning. As Tribal nations and Indigenous communities we must plan for emergencies and built resilience while considering our unique histories, cultural priorities, jurisdictions and often remote locations/rural populations. Resilience and emergency response are not new concepts to Tribal nations and Indigenous communities. Many have endured both natural disasters and profound historical events such as pandemics, forced land cessation and relocation. Resiliency has been demonstrated through the survival of our cultures and communities, through multi-century environmental, political and social changes. Today, our resilience is again tested by Climate Change.

The goal of this working group is to empower Tribal nations and Indigenous communities to improve emergency preparedness in the face of climate change. The session will start with a short climate briefing to summarize anticipated climate changes around the country necessitating increased emergency preparedness. This will be followed by four presentations. Topics will include community food security and preparedness, use of local-traditional knowledge in planning, federal resources available for emergency planning and implementation, and the development of a multi-hazard mitigation and climate adaption plan by a Tribal nation. During subsequent facilitated breakout sessions, working group participants will be able to share stories of community resilience and lessons learned and will identify potential next steps to increase their community’s emergency preparedness. A large group discussion at the end will summarize key points made.


Leanna Begay, ITEP: Tribes & Climate Change Program
Sid Caesar, Bureau of Indian Affairs Emergency Management
Karen Cozzetto, ITEP: Tribes & Climate Change Program
Taylor Hall, Sac and Fox Tribe's Environmental Department
Kalani Souza, Olohana Foundation
Casey Thornbrugh, NE & SE Climate Adaptation Science Center & USET
Margeau Valteau, Tribal Partners Branch, FEMA HQ | Intergovernmental Affairs Division