Albuquerque, NM, January 16, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Indian Country Training is joining with Risks and Rewards Management Group LLC (RRMG) to present critical emergency management training for tribal officials, February 26-27, 2013 in Albuquerque, NM. The two-day course will feature a combination of progressive exercises and lectures. All participants will practice what they learn in an Emergency Operations Center Activation Exercise. In addition to the emergency management concepts, participants will be encouraged to share best practices and lessons learned with representatives of tribes from all over the nation.
Each year, tribal communities across the nation face crisis from man-made and natural disasters. Floods, wildfires, blizzards, utility outages, tornados, hurricanes, tsunamis and pandemics pose an ongoing threat to Indian Country. Our communities are home to, or are in close proximity to critical national infrastructure including international borders, dams, utility structures, natural gas hubs, railroads, interstate highways, pipelines, waterways, timber reserves, oil and natural gas fields, and mines, which could be impacted in a disaster, or which could be the epicenter of a disaster.
According to weather forecasts for 2013, natural disasters are only expected to increase in frequency and intensity, so tribal communities need to be prepared and have people ready to address the wide variety of collateral problems that can result from an emergency or disaster. Planning for disasters, and being prepared to mitigate their impact, can mean the difference between a successful recovery for a tribal community or the loss of lives and years of agonizing reconstruction.
To effectively rally emergency response, tribes must establish standing mutual aid agreements and Memoranda of Understanding to ensure assistance from neighboring tribes, cities, counties and regional governmental agencies. All such agreements must have at the core an acceptance and understanding of tribal sovereign nation status. This course will provide tools and suggestions for tribes to develop those agreements without diminishing sovereign status.
This training will also address a pending legislative amendment to the Stafford Act, which would allow federally recognized tribal governments to make a request directly to the President for a federal emergency or disaster declaration. As experts in Native-to-Native training, both RRMG and Indian Country Training are uniquely qualified to address emergency management issues specific to tribal governments and to the governments who work with tribes.
Anna Smith, National Training Coordinator for Indian Country Training, clarifies, “We highly recommend this course for tribal elected officials, tribal department managers, tribal public safety and tribal emergency managers, as well as officials in neighboring county or municipal jurisdictions who would like to learn more about tribal-specific processes.” She adds that participants can register online by going to http://indiancountrytraining.com
and clicking on the “Register for Training” button.
Instructors Greg Gould and Walter Lamar bring decades of experience to the course. As a Special Weapons and Tactics Operator with the FBI in San Francisco and Oklahoma City Divisions, Walter Lamar responded to the Los Angeles Rodney King Riots, the Branch Davidian standoff at Waco and the bombing of the A.P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. Mr. Lamar knows firsthand the dynamics of disaster and says, “When disaster strikes, the community immediately looks for leadership. Leadership must have a plan of action ready to implement at a moments notice to ensure a rapid response. When the community sees a coordinated response, calm is restored and people rally behind leadership to assist in response and recovery efforts. There is no way an effective plan can be created during an emergency.”
Walter Lamar is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana and a descendant of the Wichita Tribe of Oklahoma. He has thirty-years of specialized law enforcement and security experience, having served as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs - Office of Law Enforcement Services, Senior Advisor to the Director of the Department of the Interior - Office of Law Enforcement and Security, and President/CEO of Lamar Associates-Indian Country Training.
Greg Gould, Cree, has been involved in emergency services and emergency management for tribes for over twenty-four years, and has worked on over sixty local, state and federal disaster operations. He is an expert in Tribal Emergency Management, Arctic and Extreme Environment Emergency Planning, Business Continuity Planning, and Emergency Operations Planning.
Mr. Gould has been involved in designing and implementing the entire Comprehensive Emergency Management Program (CEMP) for all private and federal operations in Antarctica; acting as the statewide Incident Commander for all pandemic flu continuity planning and response operations for 229 tribes and 11 state departments; and designing, managing and conducting the largest “continuity of operations” exercise in the history of North America.
Indian Country Training is a division of Lamar Associates, a 100 percent American Indian-owned and -operated professional services firm specializing in training, technical assistance, consulting, assessments, security and emergency preparedness with a focus on issues relevant to Indian Country.
Our consulting, training and technical assistance programs are designed to empower tribal communities by providing realistic problem-solving strategies and community based solutions that effectively address today’s challenging issues in Indian Country. The company website is http://lamarassociates.net. Risks and Rewards Management Group, LLC is a Native American, Woman Owned small business that provides world-class expertise in Risk Management and Human Resources for private and public sector clients. The RRMG staff of consultants brings over 150 years of combined experience in training, tribal consultation, emergency planning and risk management. The company website is http://www.rrmg.biz/.
Contact Walter Lamar
Indian Country Training
305 16th Street
Albuquerque, NM 87104