In every community, there are people that face greater challenges preparing for and responding to disasters.
These challenges could stem from historical, racial, or socioeconomic inequalities, physical or mental disabilities, chronic medical issues, or difficulty communicating in English. When disaster strikes, they are at greater risk. Many emergency management programs feel hard-pressed to understand the best way to include vulnerable population planning in their program.
I have experience connecting emergency managers to vulnerable population advocates. Working together, we can integrate effective measures into existing plans, tailor disaster communication strategies to at-risk groups, and engage in pre-disaster outreach and education. I can increase the effectiveness of programs to meet the needs of communities who often require the most assistance during and after a disaster.