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Special Populations Emergency Preparedness


In advance of an emergency, man-made or natural, special populations, agencies and organizations in Pennsylvania will work together to support a system that provides accessible information and resources needed to protect, prevent, respond and recover.



Special populations are defined as groups whose needs may not be fully addressed by traditional service providers or who feel they may not comfortably or safely access and use the standard resources offered in disaster preparedness, response, relief and recovery.


This includes but may not be limited to persons with a functional disability such as blindness; persons who are deaf, blind-deaf, hard of hearing; persons with cognitive disorders, mobility limitations, a developmental disability, or mental illness; persons who may be limited or non-English speaking; persons who are geographically or culturally isolated, medically or chemically dependent, or homeless, persons with pets and/or service animals; older persons with disabilities/medical needs and children.


Alternative Emergency Preparedness Guides

Chinese Emergency Preparedness Guide

English Large Font Emergency Preparedness Guide

Korean Emergency Preparedness Guide

Russian Emergency Preparedness Guide

Spanish Emergency Preparedness Guide

Vietnamese Emergency Preparedness Guide


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