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Emergency Preparedness

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Guidance and Resources

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

  • 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

Ensuring Effective Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs: A Checklist for Emergency Managers

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

U.S. Department of Homeland Security 

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

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

Hurricane Sandy Public Service Announcement in 9 non-English Languages, Federal Emergency Management Agency (Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese) 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 

Statement by Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Eric S. Dreiband: Protecting Civil Rights While Responding to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)- (Español簡體字, 简体字, Tiếng Việt, 한국어, Tagalog, Other)

Ensuring the Rights of Persons with Limited English Proficiency in Health Care During COVID-19 (PDF), Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Español - May, 12, 2020

CDC COVID-19 Information - Español | 简体中文Tiếng Việt한국어 | Other 

Statement by the Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Addressing Civil Rights in the Response to H1N1 Influenza - May 7, 2009

American Bar Association, Language Justice During COVID-19 -  Article | Webinar - June 2020

Washington State Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response, Language Access Plan - April 28, 2020

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

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

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