Tribal Relations

Tribal Relations

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The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs is committed to strengthening relationships with the tribes in Arizona through effective collaboration and communication. Our goal is to coordinate emergency services in conjunction with tribal government(s), county, state and federal partners to reduce the impact of disasters to tribal culture, land, persons and property.

To achieve this goal the Department has a Tribal Liaison who supports the interests of the Arizona Army National Guard, the Arizona Air National Guard, and all aspects of emergency management including preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. During Face-to-Face meetings, the Tribal Liaison speaks with tribal leaders and Tribal Emergency Managers and learns about their Emergency Management program and any potentials needs they may have. They will share information and promote department outreach by discussing grant opportunities, training and exercise opportunities, and the Arizona Mutual Aid Compact (AZMAC).

During an emergency, the Tribal Liaison will coordinate and communicate between the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and the Tribes to ensure everyone has a common operating picture. In addition, and if requested to do so, the Tribal Liaison may be deployed to provide further assistance and support the tribes in their reponse efforts.