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Charlevoix County Hazard Mitigation Planning

Networks Northwest Community Development staff planners are assisting Charlevoix County with the update of the County's Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. Hazard mitigation planning reduces loss of life and property by minimizing the impact of natural disasters.  Regularly updated and FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans allow a community to remain eligible for various federally-funded hazard mitigation grant opportunities for five years.

Phase I of this update includes data collection and community input from all local jurisdictions in Charlevoix County. Your participation in this plan update is vital to the success of the planning process!  We are seeking input regarding your experiences with natural hazard events in your community, the types of events that are of most concern to you, and potential mitigation strategies that you would like to see considered in the plan. 

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The Grand Traverse Band (GTB) Emergency Management Office is located in the Medicine Lodge at 2300 N. Stallman Road, Peshawbestown, MI, approximately 4 miles north on M22 from Suttons Bay.


The GTB Tribal Emergency Management Office works on emergency preparedness initiatives for the Tribal Government. The Tribal Emergency Management Office works collaboratively with Leelanau County 911 Center on tribal, county and state of emergency events for Leelanau County as well as cooperates with surrounding counties of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, and Manistee counties on emergency preparedness.


The Tribal Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is not staffed on a full-time basis but will open periodically for simulated exercises as well as real events that occur within Peshawbestown. During these events the EOC will be staffed by representatives from tribal and local organizations to collaborate on real time events. The goal of GTB Emergency Management Office is to work collaboratively with local county Emergency Management Offices on preparedness initiatives for each area of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Manistee counties and surrounding counties in the northwest region of Lower Peninsula of Michigan. GTB Emergency Management Office collaborates with GTB Tribal Government Departments to prepare for natural and man-made disasters through exercises and trainings and continually updating GTB Emergency Operations Plans.


Every county has links to Emergency Management information to assist citizens to better prepare themselves for inclement weather conditions, unexpected emergencies or disaster location of emergency shelters in those counties. The Grand Traverse Band has six emergency shelter locations for Peshawbestown, Antrim, Benzie and Charlevoix. (See GTB Tornado Shelter Locations link listed below). For additional emergency preparedness information for Community and Family Preparedness click on website links to assist community members to plan for family emergencies and weather related events. Indian Country Ready.gov or FEMA.gov has links to Severe Weather sites: Tornados, other Natural Disasters and general emergency guidelines.



Listed below are everyday personal preventive actions that should be implemented year-round, especially during flu season to minimize exposure:

Strategies to reduce the spread of seasonal flu and other viruses and enhance personal protective measures for everyday use for persons and communities is to:

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and washing hands after disposing of tissue or if no tissue available, sneeze or cough into your sleeve instead of your hands
  • Not touching face, nose, eyes to reduce exposure to viruses
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Staying home when ill
  • Daily cleaning of surface areas with alcohol-based cleansers and wipes (door knobs, keyboards, copy machines, tables, office desks, toys, etc.)

These are items that can be done daily by everyone to enhance personal protective measures to stay healthy. In addition, the CDC website has additional community wide measures to reduce the spread of respiratory viruses that can be implemented:

  • Social distancing (educational facilities, workplaces, public places)
  • Teleconferences for workplaces
  • Reduce large groups into smaller groups with a minimum of 3 feet from each other
  • Coordinated closures and dismissals of schools and child care facilities
  • Modify, postpone or cancel mass gatherings

Health officials are working with healthcare workers to minimize exposure and enhance everyday preventative measures. Listed below is additional resources to help prevent the spread of respiratory illness.


Respiratory Etiquette: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/covercough.htm

Voluntary home isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htm

Flu symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/symptoms.htm

Family Preparedness: www.Ready.gov

Flu Information: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Recommended Strategies for Businesses and Employers: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/business

CDC guidance for child care programs, K-12 schools, and colleges/universities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-for-schools.html


** For additional preparedness information and updates from CDC and MDHHS and GTB, please see the GTB webpages for updates:


Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Annex

The Grand Traverse Band Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP) was approved and adopted at the Tribal Council Regular Session, June 15, 2016. The GTB also adopted Benzie, Grand Traverse and Leelanau County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans as the GTB has tribal lands in the six county service areas. The Natural Hazard Mitigation Plans recommends several hazard mitigation actions/projects that will provide mitigation for specific natural and human caused hazards that impact GTB, with the effect of protecting people and property from natural hazards that have or may occur on tribal lands. The GTB NHMP identifies local risks and vulnerabilities to prevent injury, loss of life, property damage, and promote and support prevention or hazard mitigation planning.

The GTB Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan and County NHM Plans are located in the GTB Emergency Management Office. The GTB Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is also located on the emergency management website.

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians,

Emergency Management Office,

2605 N. West Bay Shore Drive, Peshawbestown, MI 49682

Email: Jolanda.murphy@gtbindians.com


GTB Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan

Copies are also available at the GTB Emergency Management Office located at the Medicine Lodge and GTB Tribal Police Department, 2300 N. Stallman Rd., Peshawbestown, MI. For more information contact: GTB Public Safety Department Manager (231) 534-7111.



GTB Tornado Shelter Locations


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Contact Information:

Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Emergency Management Office

Jolanda Murphy | Public Safety Department 2 Manager and

Emergency Manager

2605 N. West Bay Shore Drive,

Peshawbestown, MI 49682

Office: (231) 534-7111

Fax: (231) 534-7639

Main Address for Grand Traverse Band:

Grand Traverse Band of

Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Tribal Government

2605 N. West Bay Shore Drive,

Peshawbestown, MI 49682

(231) 534-7750