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Emergency Preparedness

Resources and information about emergency preparedness, disaster planning, and other emergency public health alerts.

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness

Read "Lost in Translation", (Minnesota Medicine) a short article about a Karen refugee family from Burma, and how a simple lesson about our emergency system might have saved a life.
  • Emergency and Earthquake Planning videos
    The Seattle office of Emergency Management has some translated information in 19 languages.  A video on "Personal and Family Preparedness" has been translated into 14 languages to help Seattle residents prepare for disasters.  
    NOTE:  Type "personal and family preparedness" in Search box to bring up listing of the video in different languages.

  • National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities
    A site developed by the Drexel University School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equality, with support from the HHS Office of Minority Health, to serve as a central clearinghouse of resources and an information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to improve preparedness, build resilience and eliminate disparities for culturally diverse communities across all phases of an emergency.


  • ECHO Minnesota
    Emergency & Community Health Outreach (ECHO) uses TV, radio, phone, print, web and DVD has resources to bridge the communication gap for immigrants and refugees in Minnesota, and makes resources accessible to others.  They provide resources about emergency preparedness, health and safety and civic engagement in multiple languages.

  • Healthy Roads Media
    HRM has several short video's on a variety of emergency topics.  
    Available in:  Arabic, Bosnian, Somali and Spanish.


Fire Safety

  • Basic Home Fire Safety 

    Champion of Change:

    Mohamed Ali, a Seattle area Somali refugee with master's degree in public health, has been honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work in the Puget Sound area.  In 2012 a severe winter storm hit the area and many people lost power.  Ali did outreach in his community to warn about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from bringing generators and grills inside.    Read Seattle Times article.
    Fact sheets from the Seattle Fire Department with information about Basic Home Fire Safety in a number of languages:  English, Tigrinya, Amharic, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Burmese, Hmong, Ukranian, Russian, Nepali, Lao, Thai, Cambodian.  
  • The Seattle Fire Department's Community Fire Safety Advocates provide fire safety presentations in English, Chinese, Cambodian, Lao, Vietnamese, Thai, Spanish, Oromo, Somali, Amharic and Tigrinya.  Attendees learn:  The real dangers of fire; The most common home fire hazards; How to respond properly to a home fire. Use the form provided to request a Community Fire Safety Advocate presentation or participation in a community event. See also fire safety videos in Amharic, Somali and Tigrinya.