Volume 25 Issue 1, 2010

Interesting Websites

National Resource Center on Advancing Emergency Preparedness for Culturally Diverse Communities



Screenshot of the National Resource Centre website

This website of the National Resource Center in the US serves as a central clearinghouse of resources and an information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to improve preparedness, build resilience and eliminate disparities for culturally diverse communities across all phases of an emergency.

It is intended for a broad audience including individuals, communities, government, emergency planners, emergency managers, first responders, health care providers, public health professionals, researchers, businesses and policymakers interested in preparedness for diverse populations.

The site currently includes:

  • A catalog of annotated and cross-referenced resources, programs and projects by a range of topics, languages, and communities.
  • Links to full-text sources, including peer-reviewed journal articles, training and education content, resource guides, measurement and evaluation tools, translated materials and other publications.
  • Links to federal, state and local government, as well as private sector, academic and community-based programs and websites devoted to preparing culturally diverse populations for emergencies.
  • A database of translated materials cataloged by multiple languages and cultural communities.
  • Powerful search options, including a keyword search, advanced search and browse function.
  • An option to submit resources as well as information on new and emerging programs related to preparedness of culturally diverse communities.
  • A monthly e-newsletter featuring the latest publications, resources and events as well as promising practices, success stories, lessons learned, innovations, and policies.

The Center also has plans for an online discussion forum for the exchange of ideas and information, including experiences, lessons learned, promising practices and strategies, success stories, new resources, innovations, policies, and events. It also is in the throes of developing an online member directory of experts and professionals working to integrate culturally diverse communities across into preparedness planning and action.