Each September, during National Preparedness Month, the CDC highlights the roles individuals, states, and local public health departments play in creating resilient, healthy communities.
Following a disaster, responders could encounter and have to overcome government distrust, difficulty maintaining organizational resilience, and misconceptions about disabled individuals’ ability to care for themselves. Overcoming these barriers requires:
- collaborating to provide immediate as well as long-term assistance;
- engaging the community and ensuring disaster response training is accessible to vulnerable populations;
- including appropriate representatives from vulnerable populations in disaster preparedness processes; and
- involving community members who are racial and ethnic minority in disaster mitigation.
Wolkin adds that providers should consider health equity during emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities to ensure disparities are not inadvertently created or exacerbated.