BUILDING RESILIENCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY:
New Handbook Supports Native Family
Contact: Vincent Davis FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Heritage Publishing and Preparedness Matters announce the release of The Native Family Disaster Preparedness Handbook, a first-of-its-kind guide aimed at addressing disparities in accessible preparedness resources for Native American and Alaska Native communities.
The handbook was created as a collaborative project with Native Public Media, the National Tribal Emergency Management Council (NTEMC), and other Tribal stakeholders. An official launch event is scheduled for Saturday May 6, from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at the Trickster Art Gallery Native and Cultural Fine Arts Center, located at 190 S. Roselle Rd. in Schaumburg, Illinois.
There are 567 federally recognized tribes, living on more than 300 reservations, with over 4 million residents. Many Tribal families live in remote rural communities. Less than ten percent of homes on Tribal lands have broadband internet service — a rate that is lower than in some developing countries. In contrast, more than half of African-Americans and Hispanics and about three-fourths of Caucasians have high-speed access at home, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Because the vast majority of preparedness material resides on the internet, this information is nearly impossible to obtain for many Indian Country families.
“We created the handbook to help bridge this gap. With the growing number of floods, wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, and other natural catastrophes, and the ever-present threats from man-made contamination of Tribal lands, family preparedness is a priority for survival.”
Vincent Davis, Author
The handbook consolidates much of the information Tribal communities don’t normally receive through traditional sources, which tend to focus on urban population centers where preparedness, response, and recovery resources are more easily accessible.
The full color handbook is a culturally relevant primer designed to help Indian Country families recognize local risks, raise awareness about Tribal disaster procedures, and learn how to prepare for all-hazards. The handbook is available now through thenativefamilydisasterhandbook.com website, with discounted pricing currently being offered to NTEMC and Native Public Media, and other Native organizations. Stakeholders are optimistic that in the future the handbook could be made available at no cost to Tribal communities nationwide through grants, sponsorships, and corporate or private donations.
A portion of the proceeds from the handbook are being donated by the publisher to support Native disaster preparedness organizations nationwide. The handbook is printed by Tribal Print Source, a tribally owned California-based printing company. Customized versions are available to allow Native organizations to add their logos and local disaster resource information.
“The need for preparedness in our communities has never been more urgent. Our intent is to reduce unnecessary injuries and fatalities, and improve Tribal resiliency. The handbook is an important step toward that objective.”
Lynda Zambrano, Executive Director of the National Tribal Emergency Management Council.
Preparedness Matters is a privately operated consulting partnership founded by Vincent Davis, a Certified Emergency Manager and disaster consultant with more than 30-years’ experience with FEMA, the American Red Cross, SAIC, Walgreens Co., and Sony PlayStation. Mr. Davis previously authored Lost and Turned Out – A Guide to Preparing Underserved Communities for Disasters (2012), and the Emergency Guidebook for Indian Country Broadcasters (2016) in collaboration with Native Public Media.
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