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Emergency Preparedness

You can find links to a variety of minority health emergency preparedness  resources from this page. All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. The Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.

In order to reach every person in a community during a public health emergency, public health leaders need to know the locations of at-risk populations, the best method to reach them, and the appropriate language in which to communicate. Below are resources for providing culturally competent outreach to diverse populations during an emergency.

Icon Link to National Ctr on Emergency Prep for Diverse Communities The National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Diverse Communities is a clearinghouse of resources to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to improve preparedness for minority and other at-risk communities. 
Photo of Fire and Rescue team The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States, if needed, to address the American public during emergencies. 

The Office for Civil Rights has released two new videos created by FEMA to support the outreach efforts of our disability community partners.  The video has American Sign Language (ASL), open-captions, and is voiced throughout. A Spanish version of the message with open-captions follows.


If you have any comments about this page or suggestions for improving it, please write to: Ruth DeWeese.

Last Revised: February 03, 2014