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Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians (GTB) Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 2024  

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is in the process of updating its Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan in accordance with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.  The plan must be updated every 5 years for communities to apply for pre-disaster, hazard mitigation grant funds from FEMA. 

Hazards such as climate change, wildfires, severe weather, floods, invasive species, drought, and public health emergencies can have significant impacts on the the built and natural environments, economy, and the health and wellbeing of community members. The natural hazard mitigation plan identifies and reduces the risks presented by these hazards through development of mitigation strategies that build sustainability and resiliency in communities.

To view GTB Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 2024   GTB Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 2024

For more information, go to Networks Northwest: https://bit.ly/GTBHM_NN

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Charlevoix County Hazard Mitigation Planning

Networks Northwest Community Development staff planners are assisting Benzie Co., Charlevoix Co., Grand Traverse Co., Leelanau Co., and GTB to update 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. 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. 

Charlevoix County Survey, Click Here!

Charlevoix's 2022 Seasonal Population Study Slides

Charlevoix County Hazard Mitigation Plan 2022

Please see the Michigan.gov website for updates. weblink:  www.michigan.gov/coronavirus


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.)


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

Is under development for the Six Country 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 and 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

For more information contact: GTB Public Safety Department Manager (231) 534-7111


GTB Tornado Shelter Locations

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