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Colville Confederated Tribes

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Coeur D'Alene Tribe

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Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

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Cowlitz Indian Tribe

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Hoh Indian Tribe

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Kalispel Tribe of Indians

Lower Elwha Klallam

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Lummi Nation

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Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

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Nisqually Indian Tribe

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Nooksack Indian Tribe

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Quinault Indian Nation

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Quileute Nation

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Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe

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Scammon Bay Native Village, Alaska

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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

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Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

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Spokane Tribe of Indians

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Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians

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Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

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Upper Skagit Tribe

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Village Council of Mekoryuk, Alaska

Welcome to the NEW
Public Information Officers Resource Page

Communication during a disaster or incident is critical not just for the responding units but also for the public. After all, they are the people directly affected and they can help or hinder our response depending upon how much they know, when they learn the details and especially how the message is delivered. If the message isn’t clear, timely, focused and understandable, your incident can quickly unravel. This is why the Public Information Officer is a member of the Command Staff in the Incident Command System…to control the message and make it work!

This section on the NWTEMC/NTEMC website is focused on the PIO or anyone who has to fill the position and it provides some insight into the position as well as the responsibilities that come with the title.

Keep in mind that first and foremost, the mission of the Public Information Office(r) is to, “Get the right information to the right people at the right time so that they can make the right decisions.”


So, just what does the PIO do? Here’s a quick list of some of their duties. Keep in mind these will vary depending upon the situation, command personality and training/ability of the PIO:

         Write Press Releases

         Organize Press Briefings

         Be a spokesperson

         Guide (or steer) the media

         Assist in crafting the message

         Understand  public communication structure

         Tailor messages for specific audiences

Be able to monitor/analyze relevant outside information

The PIO does not make command decisions but contributes information to those that do have to make these critical decisions and then they handle the information distribution. The PIO can also provide valuable ‘intelligence’ to the command authority gathered from their network of contacts and information sources. Leadership should depend upon their PIO for information and observation that impacts the decisions that need to be made. The PIO needs to be factual, truthful and insightful.

That’s a quick overview of where a PIO fits in the Incident Command Structure and what they need to understand and be able to do when a disaster or incident occurs within their area.

Welcome to the NW Tribal Emergency Mgmt. Council Website


The NWTEMC is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization that was initially formed in 2004 as a consortium of Tribes in the Northwest region of Washington State to help Tribes participate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management preparedness efforts.

Currently the NWTEMC is composed of and serves Tribes in Washington, Oregon and Idaho for the purposes of information sharing and solidarity in dealing with homeland security/emergency management/public health issues as they pertain to Native Nations.

NWTEMC's Charter and other Incorporation-related documents can be found on our About page.

Please look around our website. We are constantly updating and enhancing it, so if you would like to see something added please let us know. If you have training events, meetings or other events, we will be glad to add them to our Calendar. If you would be interested in joining NWTEMC please e-mail to A Sample Resolution as well as a template are shown below:

Sample Resolution to join the NWTEMC:

Resolution to Participate in the NWTEMC (.pdf)

Generic Sample Resolution to join the NWTEMC (in Word format):

NWTEMC Generic Resolution

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Next NWTEMC Meeting:

March 21st, 2013

Hosted by the Muckleshoot Tribe


Muckleshoot Bingo Hall

2117 Auburn Way South

Auburn, Washington  98002


We will be sharing updates regarding the recent changes to the Stafford Act.


Reserve Your Room Early!!!!!!!


Hotel Reservations can be made at:  BEST WESTERN PLUS Peppertree Auburn Inn -
401, 8th Street SW, Auburn, WA 98001-5901
Auburn Toll Free Reservations: 253-887-7600  Auburn Tel: 253-887-7600

Auburn Fax: 253-887-7676




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Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council: Building Systems Through Partnerships

Tuesday, May 20, 2008; 12:00-1:00pm (Pacific)


This online, interactive session  provided an introduction to the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC), emphasizing the need and importance of emergency management in tribal nations. The presenters  highlighted the partnerships that they have developed with tribes, states, and other entities, the Web site that they maintain for the purpose of sharing information, and the recent planning, response and recovery activities of the tribes as they pertain to the past several disaster declarations in the State of Washington.

To view NWTEMC's presentation click here: HTIP

Coping with Disasters and Strengthening Systems: A Framework for Child Welfare Agencies (.pdf, 1 mb)

Provided by Jenny Holladay, Government Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Administration for Children & Families U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

This plan provides a wealth of information on how to plan for an emergency.  It is a big document – a couple of particular things to reference are the checklists on page 28-29, 36-37, and 42.