Free Emergency Preparedness Guide Helps Public Health Professionals Provide Aid to Migrant Farm Workers

Jan 14, 2010, 12:54 ET from National Opinion Research Center

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago and the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) released a unique guide today that outlines steps for aiding migrant and seasonal farm workers before, during, and after a natural or man-made disaster. This resource is the first of its kind to provide actionable steps that can be taken by public health professionals to address the specific challenges and needs of migrant and seasonal farm workers in the event of an emergency.

The 40 page guide's planning steps are not generic; they take into account the unique living and working conditions and the cultural differences of migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families. The guide also includes checklists for steps to take in advance of an emergency and suggestions for partnerships with other local groups. In addition, several helpful appendices provide information and guidance on securing shelter, water, and social services in connection with an emergency. While it is not intended to provide a complete planning process, the guide serves as a strong foundation for comprehensive planning by public health professionals at the farm, family, or individual level for emergency preparedness.

The guide was developed in collaboration with the Western New York Public Health Alliance (WNYPHA) Rural Advanced Practice Center.

Get a Guide

A digital copy of the guide can be found at and at Printed copies of the guide are available through the National Association of City and County Health Organizations (NACCHO) at

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About NACCHO Advanced Practice Centers (APC)

The National Association of City and County Public Health Officials (NACCHO) Advanced Practice Centers work to develop cutting edge tools and resources to help local health department staff prepare for, respond to, and recover from major emergencies. Learn more at:

SOURCE National Opinion Research Center