Resources and information about emergency preparedness, disaster planning, and other emergency public health alerts.
May 17, 2019 · Article
Information about what to do when there is poor air quality, along with Puget Sound community resource links.
August 27, 2018 · Article, PDF
A conversation with Mrs. Aida Mengistu, Office of the Director, from Public Health- Seattle & King County to help avoid […]
May 17, 2017 · Video
Resources that provide translated information about health risks due to extreme winter weather conditions.
January 5, 2011 · Article
Video with Cambodian interpretation and English subtitles about the safety of fishing in Puget Sound waters.
February 3, 1992 · Video
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Particularly relevant to refugee and immigrant populations is the issue of carbon monoxide poisoning when there are power outages. Find information from Seattle & King County Public Health about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning, including fact sheets and posters in many languages; videos in Somali and English.
Patient Resource detailing common topics around carbon monoxide poisoning in several languages.
CDC resource available in 9 languages.
Information from Public Health - Seattle & King County on how to clean a basement after a flood. Available in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Provides 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.
Emergency & Community Health Outreach (ECHO) uses media to bridge the communication gap for immigrants and refugees in Minnesota, and makes resources accessible to others. They provide resources about emergency preparedness, health (including flu) and safety and civic engagement in multiple languages.
King County's Emergency Management Department website page.
Preparedness material translated into 19 languages. This site provides access to all of those documents, with language specific instructions on how to become better prepared.
Guidelines on incorporating fish into your diet safely. Links to sources of information for fish advisories and reducing exposure to contaminants.
Flood information in multiple languages, including Arabic, German, Somali, Bosnian, Haitian Creole, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Vietnamese
Written, audio and video information about flooding in English, Spanish, Somali, Arabic and Bosnian.
Flood safety video in multiple languages: English, Amharic, Arabic, Cantonese, French, Hmong, Khmer (Cambodian), Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
This Washington State Department of Health resource site contains information about fish and the risk of mercury and other contaminants that consumers, particularly pregnant and nursing mothers should know about. The following resources have been translated into a few other languages.
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.
General Guidelines for proper precautions and treatments for hypothermia.
A short 2013 article about a Karen refugee family from Burma, and how a simple lesson about our emergency system might have saved a life.
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.
The Seattle Office of Emergency Management has prepared information to learn how to plan for personal and family safety and needs. Infographics are translated into Amharic, Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Laotian, Moldavian, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Thai, Tigrinya and Vietnamese.
A special purpose, regional government agency chartered by state law in 1967 under the Washington Clean Air Act. Provides current status of burn bans and of air quality in WA counties for sensitive groups, healthy adults, and different activity levels.
Interactive Map of Puget Sound with location specific details regarding the air quality.
Puget Soundkeeper’s mission is to protect and preserve the waters of Puget Sound.
Key fact sheets with tips to help you prepare for and manage a disasters such as floods, power outages, hypothermia, and more. Many topics have additional languages.
Provides general guidelines in regards to power outages for residents in King County. Available in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese.