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 the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 40210 Benson Park Road. The tribe has two alternate 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 Command 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
Managing tribal resources
Providing emergency public information
Developing and distributing situation reports
Conducting preliminary damage assessments
As summer approaches and outdoor activities continue to increase, it is important to familiarize yourselves with the dangers of a particularly active outdoor summer creatures, ticks.
Tips to avoid contact with ticks:
Avoid wooded and overgrown areas whenever possible as this is where ticks live and attach to things that pass through
Wear long sleeves with tight cuffs, and tuck your pant legs into your shoes and socks whenever you go into a wooded area
Treat your clothing with a 0.5% Permethrin product
Wear a FDA approved DEET bug repellant or for a natural option use a oil of lemon eucalyptus product to keep ticks from crawling on you
Whenever you are done with your outdoor activity check yourself and others for ticks in these common latch areas:
back and knee
Shower within 2 hours of returning from your outdoor activity as this has potential to wash off any unattached ticks as well as reducing your potential for contracting lyme disease. This will also give you a good opportunity to check for ticks on your body