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Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

2021 Hazard Mitigation Plan 

Networks Northwest will assist the LRBOI's Emergency Management Office to create a new Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan.  Brandy Martin, Incident Commander for the Tribal Emergency Response Team, is the primary point-of-contact for Networks Northwest on this project..

The LRBOI tribe currently does not have its own hazard mitigation plan. The tribe had adopted the Manistee County plan in 2007 but that expired in 2012, and they have not had one since.  Once the tribe has a natural hazard mitigation plan plan on file with FEMA, they can apply specifically for Hazard Mitigation funding. Furthermore, having a plan that has, for instance, mentions of cultural sights, will allow them to apply for special funding for FEMA that is set aside for Native American tribes.  Instead of having to compete with the counties that their tribal land is located in, they will only have to compete with other tribes in terms of receiving hazard mitigation funding for specific cultural sites.

Community Survey

We are seeking your input on past projects, hazard events in your community and potential strategies that you would like to see considered in the updated plan!  Please take a few minutes to answer the following questions:

Meetings dates and times will be posted here as they become available.

Little River Band Tribal Local Planning Team meetings by invitation only):

November 17, 2021, 2:00 p.m., LRBOI Tribal Government Offices

Update Process
Phase I: Data collection and community survey

Phase II: Hazard identification and risk assessment

Phase III: Review and update hazard mitigation goals, priority areas, and implementation strategies.

Phase IV: Draft plan public comment period. Post the plan electronically and meet with the public for comments.  Incorporate feedback from the public review period and make final edits to the plan.

Phase V: Plan Adoption. Facilitate the plan adoption process with the Tribal Council and local officials.

Chapter Drafts for Review:




Networks Northwest always proves to be a valued resource for our local government planning efforts. No organization does a better job of convening partners, promoting collaboration, and reporting on the data than does Networks Northwest

Ty Wessell, Leelanau County Commissioner