Resource Library

Public health emergencies, including infectious disease outbreaks and natural disasters, are issues that every community faces. To address these threats, it is critical for all jurisdictions to understand how law can be used to enhance public health preparedness, as well as improve collaboration and coordination across jurisdictions. This Resource Library is designed to provide relevant resources to Tribal Nations seeking to enhance their legal preparedness capacity. While most resources have a Tribal focus, some resources are included that are generally applicable to legal preparedness for public health emergencies and natural disasters.

Useful Websites


Addressing the Opioid Crisis- Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts

This website provides articles and resources to assist Wellness courts in serving participants with opioid addictions.

ASPR Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE)

TRACIE was created to meet the information and technical assistance needs of regional ASPR staff, healthcare coalitions, healthcare entities, healthcare providers, emergency managers, public health practitioners, and others working in disaster medicine, healthcare system preparedness, and public health emergency preparedness.

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

This website provides resources for individuals and emergency health professionals.


This website offers an ad-hoc query system for the analysis of public health data. (Page last reviewed June 25, 2019)

Center for Sharing Public Health Services’ CJS Library: Legal Issues

This website provides resources that address legal aspects of operating shared services across jurisdictions.

Center for Sharing Public Health Services’ CJS Library: Tribal Issues

This website provides resources that examine the unique challenges Tribal communities often face when working across jurisdictional lines.

CHEMM:  Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management

This website, produced by the Department of Health & Human Services, enables first responders, first receivers, other healthcare providers, and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving chemicals using web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an emergency if the internet is not accessible. Access to Disaster Help and Resources

This website provides Native American disaster survivors with information on how they can register for help from the Federal Government online following all presidentially declared disasters that have been designated for individual assistance.

Disaster Lit Database

This website is a Department of Health & Human Services database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the Internet at no cost. 

Disaster Management Information Research Center

This website assists in improving access to disaster health information.

Emergency Preparedness for Tribal Leaders

This video highlights the importance of emergency preparedness for Tribal leaders.

Enbridge Energy's Proposed Line 3 Pipeline Project

This website provides information related to the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s review of Enbridge Energy’s Proposed Line 3 Pipeline Project.

Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program

This website provides general information about the Federal Emergency Management Agency flood mitigation assistance grant program.


This website is the Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s secure Geographic Information System (GIS) based, electronic, interactive mapping application for enhanced situational awareness, assessment, and management of resources for planning, response to natural, man-made or pandemic events.

Getting Ready in Indian Country: Emergency Preparedness and Response for Native American Cultural Resources

This website provides resources and model practices to help Native American communities address historic preservation and cultural resources in disaster planning, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Hazard Mitigation Assistance External Stakeholder Working Group

This website includes an overview of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance External Stakeholder Working Group (pages 1-2) and an application form (pages 3-4) for interested candidates to complete and submit for consideration as a representative on the Working Group.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

This website provides information about the Federal Emergency Management Agency hazard mitigation grant program.   


This website provides an interactive map that hospitals, first responders, electric companies, and community members can use to find the monthly total of Medicare beneficiaries with electricity-dependent equipment claims at the U.S. state, territory, county, and zip code level and turn on “real-time” natural hazard and NOAA severe weather tracking services to identify areas and populations that may be impacted and are at risk for prolonged power outages.

HHS Response and Recovery Compendium

This is a comprehensive web-based repository of the Department of Health & Human Services resources and capabilities available to Federal, State, local, territorial and Tribal stakeholders before, during, and after public health and medical incidents. 

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

This is the National Congress of American Indians’ web page regarding Tribal emergency management.

Indian Country Intelligence Network

Indian Country Intelligence Network is an organization whose mission is to share law enforcement information, expertise and training for the betterment of Tribal law enforcement in Indian Country.

National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health

The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health's overarching strategic theme is medical and public health READINESS—preparing the Nation from disasters and catastrophic events. Leveraging scholarship to advance the education and research agenda for disaster readiness in the United States are the missions; collaboration and leadership are the tools to achieve the preparedness mission.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network-Natural Disasters

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network-Natural Disasters was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events.

National Congress of American Indians Opioid Initiative

This website describes the work done by the National Congress of American Indians and Tribes to help end the opioid epidemic in Tribal communities. The website offers resources on the Tribal Interior Budget Council, EPA Environmental Information Exchange Network, Natural Resources, Native Financial Education and other projects or initiatives.

National Indian Law Library

This website is a law library devoted to federal Indian and Tribal law.

National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Populations

This is a web-based library of resources and information on disaster preparedness for culturally diverse communities and other at-risk populations. The planning tools, fact sheets, trainings, and other materials have been developed by academic centers, government agencies, and non-profit organizations from across the United States. They are geared for public health, healthcare, emergency management, and social service providers who work with diverse and high-risk communities.

Opioids- Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

This website describes ways to deal with structural disaggregation of necessary opioid-use disorder treatment.

Pain and Opioid Use Disorder- Indian Health Service

This website provides data on the opioid crisis, various methods to manage pain, harm reduction strategies, and funding opportunities to prevent opioid use disorder.

PERLC Training Catalog

This website features online training and other learning materials to help public health professionals and their partners prepare for and respond to emergencies. These materials were developed by university-based Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLCs) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2010 to 2015. They mostly consist of online courses, as well as some exercises, toolkits and guides. The majority of available online PERLC materials are introductory-level; therefore, most of the content in this catalog is best suited for users who are looking to build awareness or begin their education in these topics. Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

This website provides information about the Federal Emergency Management Agency pre-disaster hazard mitigation grant program.

REMM:  Radiation Emergency Medical Management

This tool, produced by the Department of Health & Human Services, provides: guidance for health care providers about clinical diagnosis and treatment of radiation injury during radiological and nuclear emergencies; just-in-time, evidence-based, usable information with sufficient background and context to make complex issues understandable to those without formal radiation medicine expertise; and web-based information that is also downloadable in advance, so that it would be available during an emergency if the internet is not accessible.

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is a Department of Homeland Security funded program providing training and resources to rural first responders. Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium courses are offered both in-person and online, and are provided at no cost. A few trainings and resources are Tribal Specific.

SAMHSA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program

SAMHSA Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program provides a short-term disaster relief grant for states, U.S. territories, and federally recognized Tribes after a presidential disaster declaration that supports community-based outreach, counseling, and other mental health services to survivors of natural and human-caused disasters.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

SAMHSA Disaster Phone App

SAMHSA Disaster Phone App provides support to users who can navigate pre-deployment preparation, on-the-ground assistance, post-deployment resources, as well as share resources, find local behavioral health services, and get self-care support.

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center helps states, U.S. territories, Tribes, and local providers plan for and respond to behavioral health needs after a disaster.

Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP)

This is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program to ensure that federal, state, Tribal, and local responders have access to the plans, training, and technical assistance necessary to safely, efficiently, and effectively respond to transportation accidents involving DOE-owned radioactive materials. 

Understanding the Epidemic

This website provides information and data related to the opioid crisis, including information on the three waves of opioid overdose deaths in the United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (December 19, 2018) 

Vital Statistics Rapid Release Provisional Drug Overdose Death Counts

This data visualization presents provisional counts for drug overdose deaths based on a current flow of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System. Counts for the most recent final annual data are provided for comparison. National provisional counts include deaths occurring within the 50 states and the District of Columbia as of the date specified and may not include all deaths that occurred during a given time period. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (August 14, 2019) 

WISER:  Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders

This is a U.S. National Library of Medicine system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.


The contents of this website have not been formally disseminated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ChangeLab Solutions, and the Center for Public Health Practice. The contents should not be construed to represent any agency/organization determination or policy. These website materials are for instructional use only and are not intended as a substitute for professional legal or other advice. While every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of these materials, legal authorities and requirements may vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and change over time. Always seek the advice of an attorney or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a legal matter.