Guidance for Preparing Tribal Emergency Response Plans   [open pdf - 4MB]

Alternate Title: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 Guidance for Preparing Tribal Emergency Response Plans

"This updated [October 24, 2004] document, renamed the 'Guidance for Preparing Tribal Emergency Response Plans', is intended as a tool for resource managers of federally recognized tribes within EPA Region 10 for developing and implementing their own emergency response plans (ERPs). EPA Region 10 includes the tribes in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Currently, there are ERPs for several tribal communities in EPA Region 10; however, most of the tribes rely on existing local, county, and borough ERPs and resources. The vast numbers of tribes in EPA Region 10 are subject to numerous types of potential hazards. These potential hazards include earthquakes, fires, floods, heavy snowfall or avalanches, oil spills, hazardous materials spills, dilapidated dams, industrial activities, and transportation corridors. The goal of this guidance document is to describe the types of information to be included in a comprehensive (i.e., all hazards) ERP for the Native American and Alaska Native tribes located in EPA Region 10. This guidance provides a detailed template for a plan and references for existing plans or other guidance documents that can assist tribes in preparing an ERP. Upon reviewing this ERP guidance, individual tribes will be able to incorporate their own ideas and insights into the ERP, and will be able to modify the suggested ERP template to best fit their unique needs and regional environments. To aid in the planning process and to maximize the availability of emergency response resources, EPA Region 10 recommends that tribes seek membership in existing Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs). LEPCs usually require mutual aid agreements, in which the tribe must recognize its responsibility to support other government agencies, and to receive their support, if and when conditions warrant and resources are available. EPA Region 10 also recommends that individual tribes formulate their plans to follow similar existing local and state formats. This will enhance coordination with local and state responding agencies or organizations in the event of a natural or technological disaster."

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10: the Pacific Northwest: http://www.epa.gov/region10/
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