The Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

IOTI - Emergency Preparedness/Spanish Speaking

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Project Context:
The lack of knowledge about how to prepare for a disaster among the population of recent Latino immigrants is further compounded when a disability is experienced by an individual or member of the family within this group. Although data on the level of preparedness among Latino individuals with disabilities is not specifically available, data on the level of preparedness for people with disabilities in general suggests that over half (58%) of the people with disabilities surveyed by the National Organization on Disabilities just after the 2001 terrorist attacks did not know where to go in their community to learn about emergency planning, and 61% had not made plans to evacuate their homes quickly and safely.

Project Focus:
The project provides culturally and linguistically appropriate emergency preparedness training for Spanish speaking individuals with disabilities in Salt Lake, Utah, and Cache Counties which takes into account the values, past experiences, and learning styles of this diverse population. Following best practices, the project enhances an existing curriculum and uses both agency and community-based health promoters to train the target population.

Six to eight bilingual and bicultural individuals who work for agencies make up the Interagency Advisory Council. Trained as agency promoters, these providers train individuals/families that receive formal services through one or more of the Advisory Council agencies. Four to 6 individuals from families are trained as community promoters and will in turn train others who do not receive formal services from the participating advisory council agencies through community-based trainings at churches, schools, workplaces and other community gatherings.

1. Provide Spanish translation of emergency preparedness materials for Latino population: 1) Translate a Spanish version of the 'Emergency Preparedness for All Utahns: Preparing Your Family' training manual; 2) Translate the Salt Lake Valley Health Department's 'Family Emergency Preparedness Guide' into Spanish.
2. Develop train-the-trainer materials for the translated curricula to include a trainer script.
3. Provide train-the-trainer workshops
4. Provide community trainings