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May 8, 2009

Disaster Planning and Vulnerable Populations

Lakefront Supermarket It is about to be the start of hurricane season again (it may already be -- since I moved from New Orleans I don't follow it as much as I used to; where I am now the local weatherman is not a celebrity, unlike New Orleans' Bob Breck!), and the Institute for Business and Home Safety has a short, 4 page, report on disasters and vulnerable populations. The report, available here, highlights the critical need in high-risk communities to better-protect citizens who need special assistance to prepare for hazards. In this white paper, IBHS outlines how disasters often disproportionately impact the poor, elderly, disabled, non-English speakers and others, and offers solutions to limit displacement, sustain affordable housing, create economic activity and reduce the overall cost of response and recovery.

-Thanks to Greg Coppa for the heads up! E.R. erosser@wcl.american.edu

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