March 14, 2023
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Previous disasters have shown that certain groups of people face greater risk during and after disasters. This includes those who may have difficulty accessing or receiving standard resources before, during, or after an emergency. Understanding the barriers that exist and how you can support the resilience of the whole community can help save lives during an emergency.
Barriers Contributing to Disparities and Vulnerability in Disasters
Examples of Populations Facing Increased Risk
Some groups of people frequently experience higher risk from emergencies and other public health threats due to barriers getting information and other resources.
Barriers often also exist for people of some races and ethnicities. The same is true for people with lower incomes, limited English proficiency, and some kinds of medical conditions.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion During a Disaster
Addressing the needs of populations facing barriers in emergencies includes improving day-to-day life and harnessing the strengths of these groups. People are more likely to receive information and act on it when the message comes from a trusted source they view as credible. By engaging with the whole community during nonemergency times, organizations can develop relationships over time and become trusted messengers for all populations. Community engagement and collaboration is crucial to inclusive emergency planning. Some best practices for building trust in disaster planning and response include the following: