Natural disasters, accidents and emergencies occur everyday and it is important to be prepared to respond to these events.
The IHS is the primary federal health care system and health services provider to the 566 federally recognized Tribes in the United States. Compared to our Federal, State, local and Tribal partners, the IHS has a relatively small and limited support role in emergency and disaster preparedness, response and recovery in Indian Country.
The IHS California Area DEHS provided technical assistance and support to tribes and tribal organization engaged in emergency preparedness planning and training. DEHS staff are available to provide the following services:
- conduct hazard vulnerability analyses (HVA) of federal and tribal health care facilities
- emergency plan development and review
- identify local and national training resources
- facilitate critical incident/disaster drills and exercises
- technical guidance on disaster response health risks and associated best practices
A Civilian-Military Cooperative Action Program between the IHS and the Department of Defense concerning the direct transfer of medical equipment and supplies obtained from military base closures and other sources such as the GSA excess program.
- CASPER Toolkit (Link to non-IHS.gov PDF)
CDC's Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) Toolkit. A system for public health officials to rapidly determine the health status and basic needs of a community after a crisis incident or disaster.
- Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Tribal Curriculum (Link to non-IHS.gov PDF)
EMI serves to build tribal capacity in emergency management. For a list of courses available through EMI click the link.
- FEMA Post Disaster Child Care Planning Matrix (Link to non-IHS.gov PDF)
This 2016 document is designed to address the challenges that families and child care providers (including centers, in-home, and family child care providers) may experience following a disaster.
- Flood Resources
Resources for flood cleanup and repair.
- Wildfire Resources
Resources for use in preparing for wildfire season and protecting public health during a wildfire.