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Assessing Disaster Preparedness among Latino Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Eastern North Carolina

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dc.creator Burke, Sloane
dc.creator Bethel, Jeffrey W.
dc.creator Britt, Amber Foreman
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-23T23:35:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-20T18:41:00Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-23T23:35:22Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09
dc.identifier.citation Burke, S., Bethel, J., & Britt, A. (2012). Assessing disaster preparedness among latino migrant and seasonal farmworkers in eastern north carolina. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 9(9), 3115-3133. doi: 10.3390/ijerph9093115 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/35123
dc.description This is the publisher’s final pdf. The published article is copyrighted by MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland) and can be found at: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph. To the best of our knowledge, one or more authors of this paper were federal employees when contributing to this work. en_US
dc.description.abstract Natural disasters including hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, and fires often involve substantial physical and mental impacts on affected populations and thus are public health priorities. Limited research shows that vulnerable populations such as the low-income, socially isolated migrant and seasonal farmworkers (MSFW) are particularly susceptible to the effects of natural disasters. This research project assessed the awareness, perceived risk, and practices regarding disaster preparedness and response resources and identified barriers to utilization of community and government services during or after a natural disaster among Latino MSFWs’ and their families. Qualitative (N = 21) focus groups (3) and quantitative (N = 57) survey methodology was implemented with Latino MSFWs temporarily residing in rural eastern North Carolina to assess perceived and actual risk for natural disasters. Hurricanes were a top concern among the sample population, many participants shared they lacked proper resources for an emergency (no emergency kit in the house, no evacuation plan, no home internet, a lack of knowledge of what should be included in an emergency kit, etc.). Transportation and language were found to be additional barriers. Emergency broadcasts in Spanish and text message alerts were identified by the population to be helpful for disaster alerts. FEMA, American Red Cross, local schools and the migrant clinic were trusted places for assistance and information. In summary, tailored materials, emergency alerts, text messages, and news coverage concerning disaster threats should be provided in the population’s native language and when feasible delivered in a culturally appropriate mechanism such as “charlas” (talks) and brochures. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Research reported in this publication was partially supported by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20MD003938. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher MDPI AG (Basel, Switzerland) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 9 no. 9 en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/us/ *
dc.subject disaster preparedness en_US
dc.subject Latino migrant and seasonal farmworkers en_US
dc.subject MSFW en_US
dc.title Assessing Disaster Preparedness among Latino Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers in Eastern North Carolina en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.peerreview yes en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/ijerph9093115

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