Summer Planning Toolkit modules

Module 2: Caring for vulnerable populations

People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

It is important for general practices to consider people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds in their emergency management response. CALD communities include migrants (including the children of migrants), refugees and asylum seekers. While each situation will vary, those who identify as part of this cohort may be more vulnerable to natural disasters and other emergencies due to reasons such as unfamiliarity with Australia’s climate and natural hazards, limited English proficiency, limited support networks and prior traumatic experiences.

The Australian Red Cross has developed the Emergency Resilience in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities tool which provides recommendations and strategies for stakeholders to build partnerships with local CALD populations and may assist with the development of your emergency response plan.

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