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.

The Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relations has compiled a list of links to multi-language disaster related resources for immigrants, refugees and service providers..
Disaster Assistance and Recovery Links
2017 Comprehensive guide from 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 |
Disaster Impact on Immigration Status - USCIS Special Situations
Sometimes natural catastrophes and other extreme situations can occur that are beyond your control. These events can affect your USCIS application, petition or immigration status. We cannot anticipate these events, but will do our best to help you get the benefits for which you qualify. Call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 (TDD for the deaf and hard of hearing: 800-767-1833) to learn how to request certain types of relief. Spanish For more information on Federal response to 2017 hurricanes. Hurricane Harvey | Hurricane Harvey - Spanish | | Hurricane Irma | Hurricane Irma - Spanish | Hurricane Maria | Hurricane Maria - Spanish |
Addressing domestic violence should be part of recovery plan during natural disasters
8/31/17 "Disasters can cause significant emotional trauma or stress, injure or kill individuals, and threaten basic human needs such as access to food, water and housing," J. Brian Houston, associate professor of communication and director for the Disaster and Community Crisis Center (DCC) at MU. "We know from past research that disasters can increase the prevalence and severity of domestic violence; they have compounding effects on the recovery of women and families experiencing this violence." ... "Emergency management often conceptualizes disasters in four phases response, recovery, mitigation and preparedness. Our framework uses this perspective to identify objectives to use before, during and after a disaster to help victims of domestic violence."
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 |
American Red Cross Disaster Safety Library
The American Red Cross (ARC) has created this Disaster and Safety Library to assist you in preparing your home, school and workplace in the event of a disaster or emergency. Here you will find multi-language fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides and other helpful information to keep you informed and safe. Arabic, Chinese, Franch, Haitian, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, Urdu, Vietnamese
CA Dept of Social Services October 2017 Wildfires Help and Information Center
Information and resources regarding public assistance and services available to individuals and families impacted by the October 2017 wildfires. Includes Disaster Assistance Guides for Californians and California Immigrants (English and Spanish),
FEMA Multilanguage Disaster Preparation Materials
Disaster Preparedness materials for Earthquake, Flood, Wildfire, Hurricane and Tornado, in Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish, Tagalog & Vietnamese.
Houston mayor promises to defend immigrants amid Harvey devastation
8/26/17 The mayor of Houston promised to personally defend undocumented immigrants who be may hesitant to seek help in the aftermath of Harvey over fears of being deported. Mayor Sylvester Turner said he would represent any immigrant who faces deportation after seeking help during the storm relief efforts. The mayor said the city is focusing on helping those who have been stranded and displaced by historic rain and flooding that has already claimed the lives of at least six people and forced tens of thousands from their homes. Key Words: Disaster, ICE, DHS
Immigrants Fleeing California Wildfires Find No Sanctuary, Fearing Deportation and Avoiding Shelters
10/20/17 As catastrophic wildfires in California kill at least 42 people and leave thousands of homes and businesses in ruins, many of the area's 20,000 undocumented immigrants have had no sanctuary from the flames, with some sleeping on beaches in order to avoid federal agents at shelters. This comes as far-right media outlets like Breitbart are falsely reporting that an undocumented immigrant was arrested in connection to the fires. Police said there is no indication the man had anything to do with the wildfires. We speak with Alegría De La Cruz, deputy county lawyer of Sonoma County, and Juan Hernandez, executive director of the La Luz Center in Sonoma, California.
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 |
Protecting Your Family from Earthquakes - 7 Steps to Earthquake Safety
Experts say it is very likely there will be a damaging San Francisco Bay Area earthquake in the next 30 years and that it will strike without warning. It may be hard to find the supplies and services we need after this earthquake. You will need to provide for your family until help arrives. To keep our loved ones and our community safe, we must prepare now. 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: | Spanish | English - Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese |
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 |
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 |
San Jose Unanimously Adopts $3.2 Billion Budget Focused on Disaster Preparedness
6/16/17 San Jose's focus on emergency planning is a lesson learned from the flooding 4 months ago, when the city was criticized for its failure to alert and evacuate people in a timely manner. The city's lagging response resulted in several lawsuits that will likely turn into costly settlements. In the budget, Liccardo pegged $265,000 for emergency communications, including a portable mass warning system. He set aside another $300,000 in incentives for landlords who house 350 people who lost their homes in the floods. The mayor also asked for to help the city keep waterways clear.
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
United Policy Holders Flood 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
Restoring your home after a natural disaster - 9/14 What you need to know to rebuild. This video covers potential hazards that could arise after a disaster such as lead, mold, asbestos, CO2, and other hazards and how to address them as you rebuild. It will discuss tips to hire contractors that are licensed and capable of addressing the scope of the work and will highlight things to keep in mind during construction. Key Words: Flood
Wildfire victims get more time, financial help to apply to California public universities
10-30-17 California's two public university systems are giving students affected by the recent wildfires an extra two weeks to submit their admissions applications and waiving some application fees for them. Both the 23-campus Cal State system and the 10-campus University of California systems announced Monday that students who lost their homes or experienced other hardships and disruptions because of those natural disasters can seek an extension for the applications. If that extension is granted, students will have a Dec. 15 deadline instead of the usual Nov. 30.
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, which may include: "Flooding, wildfires and subsequent evacuations "Public safety incidents, including crimes, that immediately affect your neighborhood "Post-disaster information about shelters, transportation, or supplies. Key Words: Disaster, preparedness, Languages: | Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | AlertSCC Facebook
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.
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.
Safety Tips for Kids, Teens & Adults
Kidpower has produced free downloadable checklists of Safety Tips to teach Kids, Teens & Adults how to be safe from abuse, bullying, harassment, assault, and other violence. Languages: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Tagolog
US Dept of Homeland Security Site - 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
AB 2327 Emergency services: CA humanitarian and relief services
2008 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. 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. 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, seniors, or persons with disabilities.
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
Center for Disaster & Extreme Event Preparedness (DEEP Center)
The DEEP Center conducts training, research, and service in the areas of disaster behavioral health, special populations preparedness. DEEP Center is home to the Miami Center for Public Health Preparedness (Miami CPHP) which focuses on special populations in disasters, with specific emphasis on disaster training for Hispanic populations. Multi-Language: Spanish
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.
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.
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
FEMA Mobile Disaster App
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
Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians
10/24/17 This guide provides detailed information about the types of federal, state and local disaster assistance services available in California. Although some of the resources are restricted to individuals or households with lawful immigration status, there are many services available to all Californians impacted by the wildfires. Multi-language: Spanish |
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
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
Los Bomberos of Northern California
Los Bomberos of Northern California was founded in 1972 by two Stanford Firefighters who wanted to promote the Latino culture within the fire service. The goals include increasing Latinos membership into the fire service, recognizing our responsibility as role models and leaders, and commitment to community service. Key Word: San Jose Multi-language: Spanish
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 |
The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA)
The Earthquake Country Alliance (ECA) is a public-private partnership of people, organizations, and regional alliances that work together to improve preparedness, mitigation and resiliency. ECA provides information and resources to help everyone who lives, works, or travels in earthquake country. | Spanish |
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.