"At Risk" Populations Emergency Preparedness Planning
Emergency planning for groups whose needs are not fully addressed by traditional service providers or who feel they cannot comfortably or safely access and use the standard resources offered in disaster preparedness, relief and recovery.
Defining "at risk" populations
Understanding “who” may be considered “at risk” is an often asked question. Too often misconceptions arise and assumptions are made about who would be considered “at risk.” These two documents are intended to provide a quick and a more detailed explanation of who may or may not fall into this area.
- Who Might be Considered "At Risk" Populations During Disaster and Crisis
- Defining "At Risk" Populations
People with access and functional needs
- HSEM Access and Functional Needs Toolkit
Minnesota-specific toolkit to help when working with a variety of populations that may need extra assistance in a disaster.
- Public Health Workbook to Define, Locate and Reach Special, Vulnerable, and At-Risk Populations in an Emergency (Draft)
The Workbook from the CDC provides a process that can support state, local, and tribal planners as they advance in their efforts to reach all populations—and specifically, special populations—in day-to-day communication and during crisis or emergency situations.
- Emergency Communication Strategies to reach Limited English Proficient Populations (PDF: 41 pages)
Over 200,000 people in Minnesota have limited English. Emergency response plans must take this into account, and create strategies and plans to reach this population.