Barriers to Collaboration Between Tribal and County Governments: Planning for Major Disasters and Other Emergencies

Resource Summary

This policy brief from the California Tribal Epidemiology Center at the California Rural Indian Health Board is intended for policymakers, tribal advisors and elected officials, multi-level offices of emergency services or homeland security, state departments of public health, and for the various emergency management and government associations, administrators, and related Native American agencies and their forums. The impetus for writing the brief is the undeniable reality that natural disasters do not recognize political boundaries; hence, in order to be prepared to recover from a disaster, it is extremely important to coordinate emergency response efforts and to work well across jurisdictions.