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When Disaster Strikes - Promising Practices - Homeless

Homelessness is a manifestation of underlying social vulnerabilities such as physical and mental illness, disability, substance abuse, and chronic unemployment. These vulnerabilities raise the susceptibility of the homeless to disaster events. The needs and capabilities of those who are homeless should be factored into disaster planning to ensure an effective response to an emergency. The homeless, or their advocates, should be involved directly in the planning process in order to help identify specific needs, and evaluate emergency preparedness and response practices.