Immigrant Info / Emergency/Disaster

The Emergency/Disaster Section contains links to multi-language, multi-cultural information about health, safety, and emergency preparation and response. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

American Red Cross (ARC) - Free Disaster Preparation and Response Apps
Spanish language toggle feature on Red Cross Disaster Preparation Apps Tornado, Hurricane, Earthquake, Flood, Wildfire, and First Aid (even Pet First Aid). Also includes Monster Guard disaster prep game for children. in Android, iPhone and iPad. | Spanish |

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Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrants - SCC OIR
Published in August, 2018, this guide from the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relation (SCC OIR) provides detailed information about various types of local, state, and federal, disaster assistance services available for non-citizens. Key Words: undocumented, emergency

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Disaster Assistance and Recovery Links - Multi-Language
2017 Comprehensive guide from LawHelpCA.org. Includes links to California State and Federal sites with information on many aspects of disaster planning, response and recovery. Spanish | Vietnamese | Korean | Tagalog / Filipino | Russian |

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Some undocumented immigrants didn't evacuate during hurricane to avoid risk of deportation
10/4/18 BuzzFeed News spoke with a number of documented and undocumented immigrants, as well as immigration advocates and volunteers, who said that the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration made many immigrants feel as though they had to ride out the storm and subsequent flooding at home. The Department of Homeland Security had notified residents that immigration agents would not conduct enforcement during evacuation or at shelters, but BuzzFeed News found that many undocumented immigrants said the risk of deportation was too great. Key Words: DHS, disaster, FEMA

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CA humanitarian and relief services - AB 2327 Emergency services
2008 Law to protect non-citizens in disasters - Public employees shall assist evacuees and other individuals in securing disaster-related assistance and services without eliciting any information or document that is not strictly necessary to determine eligibility under state and federal laws. Entities providing disaster-related services and assistance shall strive to ensure that all victims receive the assistance that they need and for which they are eligible. Nothing in this subdivision shall prevent public employees from taking reasonable steps to protect the health or safety of evacuees and other individuals during an emergency. Individuals fleeing a disaster or coping with emergency circumstances commonly lose access to their personal documents and identification, and replacing them during a disaster or emergency can be burdensome, if not impossible, especially for vulnerable populations, such as low-income individuals, undocumented immigrants, seniors, or persons with disabilities.

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FEMA Citizenship/ Immigration requirements
2015 You must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or a qualified alien to qualify for a grant from FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program. However, undocumented individuals can apply on behalf of a minor child who is a citizen and has a social security number. FEMA can provide information about obtaining a social security number for a minor child. The minor child must live with the parent/guardian applying on his/her behalf.

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FEMA Multi-language Disaster Preparation Materials
Disaster Preparedness materials for Earthquake, Flood, Wildfire, Hurricane and Tornado, in Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, Tagalog & Vietnamese.

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Let's Have Fun With Fire Safety - English & Spanish
This activity book gives young children valuable fire safety and prevention tips. Contains coloring pages and fun activities introducing children to topics such as escape planning, kitchen fire safety and what to do if you hear a smoke alarm sound. Recommended ages: 5-9. Spanish

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Mickey & Friends - Children's Disaster Preparedness Activity Book
Produced by the American Red Cross and Disney Production - 36 page multi-activity book to make learning about disasters and preparedness fun. View on-line or download free pdf. | Spanish |

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Protecting Your Family from Earthquakes - 7 Steps to Earthquake Safety
It may be hard to find the supplies and services we need after the next earthquake. To keep our loved ones and our community safe, we must prepare now. | Spanish | English - Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese | This popular site includes extensive information on earthquake preparation with downloadable PDF's specific to Southern and Northern California, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and Alaska | Multi-language:

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READY CA Disaster Aid for Immigrants
Among those hardest hit by the recent Northern California fires are undocumented individuals. We have compiled a list of information and resources that may be available to help. In general, short-term non-cash disaster assistance is available regardless of status

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US Vital Records Replacement
Find out how to replace vital documents that have been lost, stolen or destroyed. Key Words: birth certificates, Social Security cards, ID, marriage and divorce certificates, driver's license, passport, green card (legal permanent resident card), military ID, Medicare, naturalization / citizenship documents, and more. Embassies should be contacted for replacement of documents issued in other countries. Note: If possibly, scan a copy of important records and keep a flash drive in a safe place as backup. Spanish

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United Policy Holders Insurance Library
Guidance on all aspects of loss and insurance recovery from water/flood damage. You will find information and tools for getting oriented, understanding your policy, documenting and valuing damaged or destroyed property, navigating the claim process and resolving disputes. VOAD Member (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). Key Words: Disaster, UP Help

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AlertSCC - Multi-language Emergency Alerts
AlertSCC is a free, easy, and confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings sent directly to their cell phone, mobile device, email, or landline. AlertSCC can reach you wherever you are to provide information and instructions in a variety of emergency situations. Languages: | Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | AlertSCC Facebook

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American Red Cross - Silicon Valley Chapter (ARC-SV)
Classes in disaster preparedness and response, health and safety, first aid, and childcare. Emergency assistance for victims of home fires and natural disasters. Fire prevention and community education programs. International Services - Family Reunification. San Jose office serves Santa Clara County. Key Words: RIF

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EthnoMed Cultural Profiles
The objective of the website is to make information about culture, language, health, illness and community resources directly accessible to health care providers who see patients from different ethnic groups. Multi-language materials on disaster preparedness and numeral medical conditions, along with cultural perceptions and treatment advice, available for download.

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Ready Wrigley Prepares for Earthquakes
The CDC has designed this activity book as an interactive tool to further children's education and promote disaster preparedness. Ready Wrigley was created to provide parents, guardians, teachers, and young children with tips, activities, and a story to help the whole family prepare for emergencies by staying informed, packing emergency kits, and making a family communication plan. Spanish |

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Zombie Pandemic Preparedness Graphic Novel
CDC has a fun way of teaching about emergency preparedness. Our graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy. Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies. Stick around to the end for a surprising twist that will drive home the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Included in the novel is a Preparedness Checklist so that readers can get their family, workplace, or school ready before disaster strikes. Key Words: Children

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211 Bay Area
211 Santa Clara County is a free, non-emergency, confidential, 3 digit phone number and online database service that provides streamlined 24/7 access to critical health and human services in 6 counties. Multi-language: over 170 languages Area: Counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Napa, Marin, Santa Clara, and Solano. Key Words: food, housing, employment, health care, counseling, disaster

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Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Citizenship services provided in English and Spanish, including assessment of eligibility, application assistance, interview preparation, ESL and citizenship classes at offices in San Jose and Gilroy. CC provides resettlement and retraining services for refugees and asylees. Deferred Action (DACA), Foster Youth, Unaccompanied Minors, Disaster Casework. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration and CADRE Many other free and sliding scale social programs for children, adults and seniors. | Directory of Social Services | Multi-language https://www.facebook.com/WorkingToEndPoverty/?ref=ts Key Words: ALLIES1, ALLIES3, ALLIES4, ALLIES7, RIF

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Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy. Spanish A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services. Key Words: Mental Health, Multi-language

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Disaster Legal Aid
The goals of this website are: to serve as a centralized national resource for legal aid, pro bono and criminal defender attorneys across the country on legal issues related to all types of disasters, to recruit and help mobilize pro bono attorneys in the aftermath of a disaster, and to provide accurate and timely information on legal issues related to disasters to the low and moderate income public. This is a collaborative effort of Lone Star Legal Aid, the American Bar Association, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Texas Legal Services Center and Pro Bono Net.

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Disaster Preparedness In Migrant Communities - A Manual for First Responders
This 2013 manual shares the lessons learned from the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS). Newcomers - the collective term for immigrants, refugees, migrants, asylum seekers, and unaccompanied children - are in most ways like everyone else when disaster strikes a community. They need things like shelter and security, food and water, medical care, and an opportunity to quickly get back to earning a living. However, newcomers have unique issues during times of crisis.

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EMERGENCYBNB
A website designed in 2016 to help domestic violence victims, refugees and evacuees from a natural disaster find temporary shelter. Like Airbnb with a noble purpose. Users can use their phone or computer, enter a zip code and find a host who's willing to house them in their apartment or home free of charge. It's meant for those who are in the midst of, say, an asylum hearing or want to get away from an abusive relationship. In order to prove you're a refugee or a domestic violence victim, you have to show some kind of documentation to the host: a refugee passport, a police report or a recent restraining order. Over 700 homes are registered nation wide.

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Emergency Financial 1st Aid Kit - 2015 English.pdf
The EFFAK is a flexible tool designed to help individuals and families at all income levels collect and secure the documentation they would need to get on the road to recovery without unnecessary delays, should disaster strike. The EFFAK also includes helpful tips and suggestions regarding how to safeguard important information, what to do in case of an emergency, and how to work with others to strengthen community preparedness. Key Words: Disaster

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FEMA Mobile Disaster App - English & Spanish
The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters. The latest version (May, 2016) features weather-related alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS). Users can sign up to receive these alerts for up to five locations across the U.S.The |Spanish| of the app is available for download to Android and Apple devices. Key words: Federal Emergency Management System

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Health Information Translations
Extensive collection of translations on health and disaster preparedness subjects from a collaboration of Ohio organizations. Languages include: Spanish, American Sign Language, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional. English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Portuguese, Brazilian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Vietnamese

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Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA)
IRUSA conducts numerous humanitarian programs in the US and around the world, including food aid, women's programs, education, disaster relief, health, and more. In partnership with the American Red Cross,, IRUSA offers free training to disaster volunteers and assists refugees in local communities. As a member of NVOAD, IRUSA responds to major disasters sending volunteers and resources. Key Words: Muslim

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Mosquito Bites are Bad
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created this activity book to offer parents and educators an interactive way to talk to children about how mosquito bites can make you sick. It is important to note that mosquito bites can spread viruses like West Nile, Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and others. Spanish | Portuguese | Samoan |

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Red Cross / Red Crescent Restoring Family Links Program
The ICRC, American Red Cross (ARC) and Red Crescent Societies work together around the world to locate people and put them back into contact with their relatives. This work includes looking for family members, restoring contact, reuniting families and seeking to clarify the fate of those who remain missing. Beginning November 30, the help line (1-844-782-9441) was activated and ready to receive calls from across the US. Trace the Face Program - A number of National Red Cross Societies in Europe are publishing more than 1250 photos of people looking for their missing relatives in the hope of reconnecting families. | Trace the Face |

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SCC Public Health Dept Flood Information
Santa Clara County Post-Flood Information about Infectious Diseases - There are valuable things you can do to protect your health after a flood. Stomach and breathing problems can happen more often after natural disasters because clean water may be harder to find. It is important to clean your home thoroughly, find good drinking water, and use clean water for hand washing, bathing, and washing dishes. | Spanish | Vietnamese |

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When To Call 911 And When Not To Call 911
California's 9-1-1 system received more than twenty-eight million calls in 2016 - more than 78,000 calls per day - and 80% of these calls were from wireless devices. 9-1-1 research shows that up to 40% of the total 911 calls in California are either unintentional or not true emergencies. Knowing when NOT to call 911 is just as important as knowing when and how to call 911.

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Returning to your Flooded Home - Checklist
Tips on how to safely re-enter your home or business, how to clean after a flood, and how to start the recovery process. Hyperlink | Spanish | Vietnamese |

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US Dept of Homeland Security Site - Ready.gov Translation Portal
Contains information for disaster preparedness and response in multiple languages including: Arabic, Chinese, French, Haitian, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, and Vietnamese

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