Emergency Management


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Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation Emergency Management & Tribal Emergency Response Commission

In 2004 the Tribal Emergency Response Commission (TERC) and Emergency Management program was created by Tribal Ordinance number 2003-SPO-02 which provides policy and guidance for the Tribes emergency management, responses, and responders. Soon after that, the Natl. Incident Mgmt. System compliance was adopted by resolution. Both the TERC and the EM program operate out of the Sho-Pai Tribes Fire Station, with a part time emergency manager. The Emergency Management program is funded by FEMA’s Emergency Management Preparedness Grant (EMPG) for compliance, preparedness, mitigation and response to emergency incidents, as well as mutual aid compacts and agreements. The TERC is supplemented by the CenturyLink 911 phone access fee.

We are also a voting member of the Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission of Nevada (ITERC). The ITERC organization is under the Inter Tribal Council of Nevada (ITCN) and is made up of the Emergency Managers from Nevada's 27 tribes. The ITERC has many emergency management projects going such as the Interoperability project, ASPR grant, NIMS Compliancy, Emergency Operational Plans (Clinical and Overall), and the Community Emergency Response Team, to name a few. Through the ITERC the tribes were assisted to access the Emergency Management Preparedness Grant (EMPG) through the Nevada State Division of Emergency Management. All the Nevada Tribes are also members of the Tribal Emergency Management Association, or iTEMA which is a national consortium.



The Commission is in accordance with the Emergency Planning and Community-Right-To-Know Act, or EPCRA, also known as Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, or SARA. It is responsible for the establishment of a Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, to create, maintain, update and exercise the Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan and make the Sho-Pai Tribes compliant with FEMA's national incident management system (NIMS) policy. Part of these responsibilities is to complete and hazard assessment and to create mitigation projects and apply for funding.