Reaching the Public...
In Their Own Language
A large percentage of the U.S. multilingual population lives in states that are often hit by natural disasters, including California, Florida, and Texas. The availability of information in many languages is a critical component of public assistance for emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.
The Department of Homeland Security recognizes the need to support those with limited English proficiency by providing meaningful access to federally managed and funded programs. FEMA's redesigned FEMA.gov and Disaster Assistance Spanish-language websites are notable examples of expanded content that can reach a larger portion of the public in turn saving lives and property.