NCDP Perspectives

Training Solutions: Enhancing Tribal Nations’ Readiness and Resilience

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Illustration: FEMA Tribal Affairs U.S. Tribal Nations have historically been disproportionately affected by disasters but without access to vital resources before, during, and after calamitous events. The risks to Tribal Nations only increase in the face of climate change, which will further exacerbate inequities and pose new challenges for Tribal communities. The National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) of the Climate School, Columbia University, has been awarded a $1.5 million three-year grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Training and Education Division (NTED) entitled “Training Solutions: Enhancing Tribal Nations’ Readiness and Resilience“. NCDP will partner with the National Tribal Emergency Management Council on the creation and delivery of new trainings. “Tribal Nations work proactively with a variety of partners to integrate new training programs. However, institutional barriers often limit many communities’ adaptive capacities. Additionally, many non-Tribal training providers have not had full access to resources and programs to integrate doctrine, and approaches for building Tribal capabilities that are so essential for making a lasting community impact. To address

December 19, 2023

NCDP 20th Anniversary Reflections and Impacts

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NCDP has a rich history, from the early preparedness efforts for governmental and non-governmental systems to the complexities of population recovery, the power of community engagement, and the risks of human vulnerability. Below are reflections and commentary from members of the NCDP team.

October 26, 2023

Executive Action Alone Won’t Save Us from Climate Change

People look at a car flooded flooded as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida in a local street in Somerville, N.J., Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.

President Biden stopped short of declaring a national emergency for climate change in his most recent executive actions. But he may still do so in the future, and some of his advisors have indicated that he will do so, although it is unclear if this is still in play with the recent passage of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. Indeed, the passage of this landmark legislation is a welcome reprieve from executive actions that are limited, challengeable, and reversible as the political winds shift.

August 22, 2022