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Tourists can be more vulnerable to disasters due to unfamiliarity with the area including evacuation routes and local communication outlets such as radio, television, or newspapers.
Providing shelter for vulnerable and special needs populations during and after an emergency is one of the most difficult challenges emergency planners face when preparing for a disaster.
Renters typically are more vulnerable to disasters than homeowners, for a number of reasons.
In general, the special needs of the elderly are often overlooked in disaster planning. Hurricane Katrina highlighted the vulnerability of older adults in disasters.
People with mobility restrictions are more vulnerable to disasters than the general population.
A number of strategies exist to reduce the vulnerability of mobile home residents to disasters.
Migrant worker communities are at greater risk from disasters than other populations.
Low-income families and communities often suffer disproportionately from disasters.
People with special medical needs, including individuals with hearing, visual, or cognitive impairments; those who are medically dependent on electricity; and those who will need special assistan
Although local emergency agencies and other relief organizations usually provide essential services before, during, and after a disaster, they are not a substitute for individual and family prepa
Immigrants are moving, as they have historically, to big cities as well as to suburban and rural communities. Limited English proficiency, lack of familiarity with U.S.
Homelessness is a manifestation of underlying social vulnerabilities such as physical and mental illness, disability, substance abuse, and chronic unemployment.
When a disaster is imminent, often the safest course of action is to evacuate people from harm’s way.
Children need special assistance during a disaster. Local disaster planners, childcare facility operators, and school officials should consider the needs of this special group as they formulate t
Almost 70 percent of households own at least one dog or cat, and nearly half of all U.S. households consider their pets to be family members.
Disaster plans are vital to creating more disaster resilient communities, especially communities of disadvantaged people who are often marginalized and exert limited influence on plan making.
Published in September 2008, the guide serves as a self-assessment tool to ensure that local government disaster plans address the needs, goals, aspirations, and capabilities of disadvantaged peo
In response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Isabel, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) launched the Emergency Preparedness Demonstration Project (EPD) to understand the barrie
Following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, FEMA launched the Emergency Preparedness Demonstration (EPD) to identify the challenges that prevent disadvantaged communities from
This paper informs foundations and public agencies concerned with rural development about lessons from the RCCI experience.
How middle schools, high schools, and employers have partnered to raise students' and teachers' awareness of the job market and career opportunities. Published 1996.
Strategies to raise aspirations and academic achievement and expand future career options for middle and high school students. Published 1996.