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Emergency Management

In times of natural disasters and other crises, the South Dakota Department of Public Safety's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) brings to bear the resources of the State of South Dakota to aid in life saving and mitigation efforts necessary to respond to complex and difficult events. The Office of Emergency Management, with support from the Department of Tribal Relations, has supported emergency management operations of the 9 tribes of South Dakota and continues to support their work to develop strategies to respond to various types of disasters. Through projects such as pre-disaster mitigation planning, pre-disaster mitigation grant funding, disaster response efforts, mutual aid efforts, and post disaster recovery programming the State of South Dakota supports the efforts of tribal nations to ensure the safety and welfare of tribal member state citizens coping with the dangers and difficulties which arise during natural disasters and crises.