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When Disaster Strikes - Promising Practices - Immigrants

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. culture, and higher rates of social isolation are some of the factors that lead to increased vulnerability to disasters among immigrant and ethnic minority populations. Immigrants can face a number of obstacles in preparing for and recovering from disasters, including trust as well as language and cultural differences.

Strategies for overcoming both language and cultural barriers can be most effectively designed and implemented with meaningful participation by community members from vulnerable populations.