This report presents the findings from a statewide assessment of emergency preparedness programs and initiatives for racially and ethnically diverse communities in California. A multi-faceted research approach, including a review of literature and web-based resources, key informant interviews, and local expert panel sessions, was used to chart: the current status of programs; persisting individual and organizational barriers and challenges to meeting the needs of diverse populations; promising practices particularly for engaging communities, building trust, fostering collaboration, and informing the development of culturally competent services; and program, policy and funding recommendations for future work. The report provides maps of current efforts by geographic region and a matrix of programs and initiatives in the state. While this report focuses on the state of California, it provides a methodological framework that allows for similar assessments to be conducted at national, state, and local levels.
Andrulis, D., Siddiqui, N., Purtle. J. (2009). California’s Emergency Preparedness Efforts for Culturally Diverse Communities: Status, Challenges, and Directions for the Future.