Emergency Management is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks. It is a discipline that involves preparing for disasters before they occur, disaster response, as well as supporting and rebuilding society after natural or human-made disasters have happened. In general, Emergency management is the continuous process by which all individuals, groups, and communities manage hazards in an effort to avoid the impact of disasters resulting from the hazards, natural or man-made.
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe Office of Emergency Management
AST EM is a division of the Department of Public Safety under the direction of the Director of Public Safety. The office is located at Shawnee Tribal Police at 2025 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. The tribal has two locations for emergency operation centers, one is located at the AST Police Department in Shawnee and the other is located at the AST Police sub-station in Little Axe, the emergency operation centers are manned by an Incident Management Team to coordinate responding agencies and the disaster response operations.
The Absentee Shawnee Tribe's Emergency Management mission is to support our tribal citizens and provide information to educate our Tribal Nation to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
During emergencies, AST EM coordinates EOC tribal emergency operations including:
Monitor potential severe weather events
Respond to emergencies and disasters in the AST tribal boundary.
Evaluating the possibility for securing state, federal disaster assistance