Tribal Listening Session on FEMA’s 2017 Tribal Declarations Guidance


FEMA will host an in-person listening session with Tribal Nations and Emergency Managers at the Center for Domestic Preparedness to discuss the 2017 Tribal Declarations Guidance.

Date: March 15, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Onsite

Center for Domestic Preparedness, Anniston, AL

Event Details

FEMA invites Tribal Nations to attend the second in a series of tribal listening sessions and future consultations on the Tribal Declarations Guidance. The purpose of this listening session is to gather Tribal Nations’ feedback on how to best improve the Presidential disaster declaration process to ensure that Tribal Nations can access FEMA resources during and after disasters in Indian Country. Senior leadership from FEMA’s Office of Response and Recovery will help facilitate the session.

Tribal Listening Session Discussion Questions

  • What is the ideal tribal disaster declaration process for Indian Country?
  • What within the current Tribal Declarations Guidance should FEMA change?
  • What roadblocks have Tribal Nations encountered when working to request a federal disaster declaration?

Listening Session Agenda



7:00 pm – 7:05 pm

Opening Prayer

7:05 pm – 7:15 pm

Opening Remarks from FEMA

7:15 pm – 7:25 pm

Tribal Disaster Declarations Overview

7:25 pm – 8:20 pm

Tribal Leader Discussion  

8:20 pm – 8:25 pm

Closing Remarks

8:25 pm – 8:30 pm

Closing Prayer

Event Contact

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

Written comments may be submitted to

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