Emergency Preparedness Management in Multicultural Communities Term Paper by Nicky

An examination of the issues in emergency preparedness management for multicultural communities.
# 151331 | 2,465 words | 5 sources | APA | 2012 | US

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The paper addresses community preparedness and planning for an emergency event in minority populations, and discusses language barriers and the rampant mistrust of government officials. The paper then looks at how to deal with these cultural and linguistic barriers in the planning, direct response and relief efforts, and the aftermath of an emergency.

Literature Review
Creating Greater Multicultural Preparedness
Effective Strategies for Emergency Coordination
Handling the Aftermath

From the Paper:

"Preparedness and action are without a doubt the most essential aspects of emergency management, but handling the aftermath of an emergency is more important in its long-term effects. This, too, can be fraught with cultural difficulties, especially if the handling the emergency is perceived as culturally or ethnically biased, as in the case of Hurricane Katrina. Steps must be taken to deliver community- and culture-specific relief and rebuilding information and support, and to reassure cultural minorities that they are fully included in such plans.
"Conducting community meetings to directly address concerns and grievances of each sub-community and neighborhood on a regular basis following a major disaster would certainly help to establish this feeling and will also lead to a more effective utilization of resources. With community involvement in the allocation and rebuilding process, neighborhoods can more fully and directly reflect the cultural values of the communities that inhabit them. This can actually reduce the amount of managerial concerns, as well, as community organizers and activists can take on a larger role in the planning and distribution of resources, thus easing pressure on the primary emergency management team. Effective communication between the overall emergency management team and community leaders will of course still be required, and equal attention must be paid to all neighborhoods, but with the proper cultural networks already in place through preparedness programs managerial role can be altered to one of coordination rather than direct oversight."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Red Cross. (2004). "Attitudes and behaviors toward disaster preparedness." books.google.com/books?id=ftL_QItD84oC...
  • Eisenman, D.; Glik, D.; Ong, M.; Zhou, Q.; Tseng, C.; Long, A.; Fielding, J. and Asch, S. (2009). "Terrorism-Related Fear and Avoidance Behavior in a Multiethnic Urban Population." American journal of public health 99(1), pp. 168-74.
  • James, X.; Hawkins, A. & Rowel, R. (2007). "An Assessment of the Cultural Appropriateness of Emergency Preparedness Communication for Low Income Minorities." Journal of homeland security and emergency management 4(3).
  • National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities. (2009). Diversity Preparedness.org E-Newsletter, pp. 6.
  • Schnirring, Lisa. (2008). "Promising practices for pandemic planning: Breaking language barriers with preparedness messages." Accessed 17 October 2009. http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/jun3008ppecho.html

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APA Format

Emergency Preparedness Management in Multicultural Communities (2012, May 31) Retrieved June 03, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/emergency-preparedness-management-in-multicultural-communities-151331/

MLA Format

"Emergency Preparedness Management in Multicultural Communities" 31 May 2012. Web. 03 June. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/emergency-preparedness-management-in-multicultural-communities-151331/>