At-risk people or people with special needs may need specific assistance in an emergency. This can be medical care, transportation, maintaining independence for daily living, supervision, or communication.
Persons with special needs or who are at risk in an emergency include:
- Elderly persons
- Persons from diverse cultural origins
- Individuals with disabilities
- Individuals with limited English proficiency
- Persons who live in institutionalized settings
- Persons who do not have access to transportation
These people may be protected under the law from discrimination in certain emergency situations.
Federal Agencies Issue Joint Guidance to Help Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Providers Comply with Title VI – August 16, 2016
The Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security and Transportation issued joint guidance to help ensure that recipients of federal financial assistance do not discriminate against individuals and communities on the basis of race, color or nation origin when providing emergency preparedness, response and recovery services.
For additional resources, visit the civil rights section of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website at: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/26070.
HHS Office for Preparedness & Response
Emergency Preparedness Resources
HIPAA & Emergency Preparedness
- Learn how the HIPAA Privacy Rule applies to the release of protected health information for planning or response