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Special Populations Emergency Preparedness

Special populations are 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 people with a functional disability like physical limitations, developmental disabilities or mental illnesses. Non-English speaking residents, or those who are geographically or culturally isolated, may also be at risk during an emergency. Additonally, homeless Pennsylvanians, people with pets and service animals and those who care for people with special needs may need assistance. Here are some guides that can help.

Alternative Emergency Preparedness Guides

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