Emergency preparedness from an intersectional approach

Natural disasters have devastated entire countries, communities, and families with the loss of homes, schools, businesses, and thousands of lives. The impact is costly and long-lasting. Afterward, governments and community groups often develop emergency preparedness tools to mitigate such loss and destruction in the future. However, when these preparedness tools do not include the realities of disenfranchised communities, disasters continue to be devastating for them, exacerbating the multifaceted challenges these communities already face.

Current research on emergency preparedness systems consistently demonstrates racialized communities are more vulnerable than others. Help systems need to be responsive to individuals’ and communities’ specific circumstances and needs.

This guide provides resources, statistics, and best practices to reach Latin@ communities in an emergency preparedness plan. These cost-effective, simple strategies will increase the health and safety of the Latin@ community during natural disasters and emergencies.

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