Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission (ITERC) was created in 2008 out of the desire to provide coordination, assistance, and response for all-hazards emergency management for and with the 27 Tribal nations in the state of Nevada.
The concept of the Inter-Tribal Emergency Response Commission (ITERC) was created in 2008 out of the desire to provide coordination, assistance, and response for all-hazards emergency management for and with the 27 Tribal nations in the state of Nevada. The ITERC has been active since 2010 and is governed by the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada (ITCN) and an advisory board of Tribal emergency managers who advise the ITERC Director and staff on desired projects and needs within their communities. The ITERC Director and staff then seek out funding and manage and deliver the resulting projects. The ITERC has delivered projects, training, and emergency management, preparedness, and response activities under the following grants: Interoperable Communications, Tribal NIMS, Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and Emergency Management Preparedness Grant (EMPG).
The purpose of the ITERC is to perform the duties enumerated in the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986 (SARA); develop and make recommendations concerning hazardous materials management and incident response on tribal lands; develop and make policy recommendations regarding the implementation of SARA; oversee the distribution of funds which become available pursuant to SARA; coordinate and assist tribes in the monitoring of production, storage and transportation of hazardous materials; approve rules and regulation promulgated by the Homeland Security Director for standards for regional response teams, hazardous material emergency response training confirmation, and tribal hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction incident response reporting; execute the responsibilities set forth by legislation; encourage Tribal Emergency Response Committees (TERC)/Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) to increase their knowledge of industry practices and hazardous material stored at those facilities. Also to be a conduit of state-wide Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) so the tribes can assist each other in an emergency response and recovery event.