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Emergency Preparedness


DOJ: Statement by the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Leading a Coordinated Civil Rights Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) - April  2, 2021 (Español, 繁體字 , 简体字, Tiếng Việt, 한국어, and Tagalog)

"Civil rights protections and responsibilities continue to apply even during emergencies.  They cannot be waived."

Guidance and Resources

See theOffice for Civil Rights webpagefor information about special circumstances applying to the State of Louisiana and its agencies. Guidance issued by the United States Departments of Justice (DOJ), Homeland Security (DHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Health and Human Services (HHS), and Transportation (DOT) -August 16, 2016

Guidance Press Release in 10 Non-English Languages

Press Release:  Federal Agencies Issue Joint Guidance to Help Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Providers Comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act


  • English- (PDF) (HTML)
  • Español (Spanish)- (PDF)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese) (PDF)
  • Kreyòl Ayisyen (Haitian Creole) (PDF)
Tips & Tools for Reaching Limited English Proficient Communities in Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS Resources

Ready.gov, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Spanish)

Fire Prevention and Safety Pictographs, U.S. Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency

After Hurricane Sandy, FEMA reaches New York’s diverse communities in many languages, FEMA Blog Post - 2012

Hurricane Sandy Public Service Announcements in non-English Languages, Federal Emergency Management Agency (archive links) - 2012

Help After a Disaster: Applicant's Guide to the Individuals & Households Program, Federal Emergency Management Agency (Arabic, Chinese, French, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese), 2012

Other Resources

Other Resources

How To Best Connect With Your Spanish-speaking Audience During an Emergency, Digital.gov at the General Services Administration (GSA), October 2021

Protecting Your Family from Earthquakes - The Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety Department of Interior, U.S. Geological Survey (English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean), 2007

Language access in emergency and disaster preparedness: An assessment of local government “whole community” efforts in the United States, Tianyi Xiang et al., January 2021

Crisis in a Foreign Language: Emergency Services and Limited English Populations, Amirah M. Majid et al., 2016

Understanding Disaster Preparedness of Linguistically Isolated Groups, City of Houston, Department of Health and Human Services, 2009 

Disaster Preparedness in Urban Immigrant Communities, Lessons Learned from Recent Catastrophic Events and Their Relevance to Latino and Asian Communities in Southern California, June 2008