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Vulnerable Populations and Emergency Preparedness

Article: How to Include Diverse, Vulnerable Populations in Emergency Preparedness
By: Elaine Pittman
April 11, 2011
Emergency Management
When preparing residents for disasters, officials must think not only about the different cultures within their community, but also about the vulnerable populations — the disabled, very young, elderly, homeless and people who speak limited or no English. Emergency managers and public health officials have wrestled with developing relationships with these groups for decades, and it’s still a challenge for many. Luckily there are resources for officials to use; examples of successful initiatives can assist state and local agencies with their plans, helping them to reach as many people as possible in ways that create positive relationships and changes. [MRCLEADERS-L]

Webinar: Integrating Culturally Diverse Populations into Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans
April 26, 2011 at 10:00am-11:00am (PDT)
This webinar will present a new resource entitled “Guidance for Integrating Culturally Diverse Communities into Planning for and Responding to Emergencies: A Toolkit” developed by the Texas Health Institute, with support from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. This toolkit builds on the recommendations of the National Consensus Panel on Emergency Preparedness and Cultural Diversity, and offers information, resources and practical strategies for engaging and integrating culturally diverse communities across broader emergency planning and response actions, such as partnership building, needs assessments, training and education, risk communication and evaluation.

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