Between 2000 and 2010 more than two billion people worldwide were affected by disasters. In the 1990s, disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and fires caused more than $608 billion in economic losses worldwide, losses greater than those incurred during the previous four decades. Disaster response for communities of color must be grounded in a holistic perspective that includes the cultural patterns of low-wealth and disenfranchised communities.

  • The predisaster preparedness plan should include training from crisis personnel that has a strong focus on self-exploration of the responder.
  • Training of crisis-response teams should emphasize that within targeted groups such as children or the elderly, health-care workers, first responders, and underserved cultural groups, there will be racial and cultural variation.