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Office of Emergency Management

OEM - Our Mission

To provide for a comprehensive system of emergency management for all hazards and in all phases (mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) to protect the people and their property, the natural and cultural resources, tribal infrastructure, and other tribal assets from the adverse effects of natural, technological and human-caused emergencies and disasters.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is authorized and directed by Council Resolution GR-139-98 to establish a program of disaster and emergency preparedness that utilizes services of all appropriate Departments and includes:

  • 1. Preparation and annual review of disaster preparedness programs and plans;
  • 2. Training and exercises;
  • 3. Post-disaster critiques and evaluations;
  • 4. Coordination of local preparedness programs and plans; and
  • 5. Coordination of the Community’s response to disasters

OEM provides technical assistance to Districts, Departments, Programs, Business Enterprises and Tribal Corporations in developing comprehensive plans and practicable programs for preparation against disasters, including hazard reduction, avoidance and mitigation, for assistance to individuals, business enterprises, Tribal Corporations and District governing bodies following such disasters; and for recovery of damaged or destroyed public and private facilities.

Here is How We Will Get There: Planning for the Emergency

Although our efforts are for everyone in the community, it is important to put a focus of effort to our children, special needs population, and elders. They will be a priority in our emergency planning efforts. In addition, we strive to provide our community with the latest information available on how best to be prepared or what to do in case of an emergency. This includes everything from where to go in the event of an emergency to how to shelter in your home in order to be safe. During an emergency, the goal of OEM is to ensure that GRIC’s vital services are restored as quickly as possible and the Community is protected.

The key to good planning is identifying the critical components of the Community’s emergency plan. The GRIC has several critical areas that need to be addressed as part of its emergency planning. As most people can self-evacuate and seek help, a portion of our population, children, special needs, and our elders can at times not be able to protect themselves. Because of this, all emergency planning will take into consideration these community members first and foremost.

It is also important to realize that in the event of a significant incident, resources may not be immediately available. Therefore public education and an outreach plan must be a part of our preparedness. This includes putting together a volunteer management program that involves being able to use just-in-time volunteers by training citizens how they can help each other through CERT. By getting the general population educated, critical resources can be used for the most critical needs.

The GRIC must also do its due diligence in preparing for large scale events. This is best completed by ensuring key emergency operations plans are in place for GRIC Departments and that these Departments through the Multi-Agency Coordination System are well trained and work well with each other. These activities ensure that our critical infrastructure is protected or at a minimum a plan for restoration is in place to ensure the Community can recover from an incident with minimal delay. The business enterprises and businesses located within GRIC also need plans in place to ensure we continue or minimize the economic impact to the community when recovering from a disaster.

Key Activities for Emergency Preparedness

The outcome of ay good strategic plan includes key activities for the GRIC. Those outcomes have been identified are OEM’s strategic areas; 1.) Emergency Operations Plans, 2.) Multi-agency coordination system collaboration, 3.) Public Education/Outreach Plan, 4.) Literature focus for youth, elders and special needs, 5.) Emergency preparedness training plan, 6.) Volunteer plan and 7.) Critical infrastructure protection.
You may contact the Office of Emergency Management at 520-796-3755.

About Office of Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) collaborates with all of our partners and stakeholders to ensure the Community is prepared for natural or man-made disasters that may strike.  The Gila River Indian Community OEM works to ensure we are doing everything possible to ensure readiness.  Everyone should be confident that the Community is prepared!