"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
- Triage Guidance for Licensed and Certified Home Care Providers
Suggestions for staff allocation during a pandemic.
- LTC Providers: Join the Health Alert Network
Find out how to make sure your long-term care agency is receiving MDH health alerts.
People with disabilities
- Emergency Preparedness Initiative (EPI) Guide on the Special Needs of People with Disabilities for Emergency Managers, Planners and Responders (PDF: 36 pages)
This Guide from the National Organization on Disability highlights key disability concerns to officials and experts responsible for emergency planning in their communities, and seeks to assist them in developing plans that will take into account the needs and insights of people with disabilities before, during and after emergencies. Attention: Non-MDH link
- 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. Attention: Non-MDH link