Natural disasters and local emergencies come in many
forms, such as floods, earthquakes, or disease outbreaks.
They can range from being an inconvenience (having no power
for one hour) to life-threatening (having your home
surrounded by flood waters).
Some groups of people are less likely than
others to be ready for a disaster. Those who are often
less prepared (vulnerable) include residents who do not have
supplies that may be needed in a disaster and those who have unique medical needs or special health
In 2008, the Health Department implemented a
demonstration project to build partnerships with community
agencies that serve vulnerable populations. A
toolkit for use by other public health agencies was
developed to describe the lessons learned from the Thurston
County Vulnerable Populations Project (VPP). Community
agencies are able to rapidly reach vulnerable populations
and are able to deliver public health preparedness messages.
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