Tribal Listening Session on the Draft National Resilience Guidance


FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend a tribal listening session on the draft National Resilience Guidance

Date: October 24, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Virtual

Event Details

Indigenous peoples maintain place-based knowledge that represents thousands of years of managing relationships with natural resource. This diversity embodies multiple ways of understanding resilient interactions between humans and the ecosystem. Traditional cultural and ecological knowledge is sound science and has been passed down for generations through oral traditions. FEMA acknowledges that Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples have built and maintained resilience through traditional ecological knowledge well before non-Indigenous people came to North America or the United States became a country.

FEMA is leading an effort to create national resilience guidance and resources for the whole community to help everyone understand and fulfill their critical roles related to increasing national resilience. The guidance and resources will promote a common understanding of resilience, incorporate the impacts of and relationship between chronic stressors and shocks, address the critical roles of all stakeholders, and inspire people-centered planning approaches to increasing community and national resilience. The guidance will also recognize that resilience is more than just being prepared for disasters and encompasses a wide swath of social, economic and environmental issues.

To better serve Tribal Nations and to provide the most inclusive guidance to all, FEMA will host a Tribal listening session to provide an overview of the draft resilience guidance and to gather feedback from Tribal leaders about resilience. FEMA’s ultimate goal for this listening session is to ensure Tribal Nations perspectives and experiences are reflected in this guidance.

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During the tribal listening session, FEMA will be prioritizing comments from Tribal leaders and representatives of Tribal Nations.

Written comments in response to the tribal listening session are due through January 31, 2024, and may be submitted to Please include the subject line “Draft National Resilience Guidance – Written Comments.”

The tribal consultation will be held on the Zoom for Government platform and phone. 

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