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Addressing the Needs of Immigrants and Limited English Proficient (LEP) Communities in Disaster Planning and Relief

Jonathan Blazer; Brett Murphy

National Immigration Law Center

October 28, 2008

The recommendations in this report are directed principally to the following sectors:

The federal government, particularly the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), whose agencies include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

State and local governments, which play a critical role in disaster planning.

Disaster relief agencies—nongovernmental organizations at the national and state levels that provide assistance when disaster strikes, many of which are members of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).

Community groups, whose role has been prominent in meeting the needs of immigrants in time of disaster