Building Relationships

The lessons learned during the windstorm reiterated that Public Health cannot work alone to reach and meet the needs of the community’s most vulnerable. It demonstrated the need to continue to focus on building better partnerships with community based organizations (CBOs) and developing our ability to communicate to those in need during an emergency event.

Public Health – Seattle & King County recognized the need to immediately get health and safety messages about Carbon Monoxide risk to residents in their native languages during the windstorm of 2006. Leveraging networks of relationships with community agencies, neighborhood groups and governmental departments, information was posted throughout the community. Using a pictorial carbon monoxide warnings translated into Spanish, Somali, and Vietnamese as well as non-pictorial warnings and fact sheets translated into Chinese, Korean, Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese, targeted messages were placed where residents eat, gather, receive services and worship.
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