The purpose of vulnerable populations planning is to assure access to public health preparedness, response and recovery information and resources for the most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach residents for all public health emergencies. Planning is an essential part of reaching the goal of an equitable emergency response.

As we began this planning process; we used Collaborating Agencies Responding to Disaster (CARD) materials to initiate our planning work.

Follow the links on the right hand sidebar to access tools and resources to support your planning process.

Key Planning Steps to Follow:

1. Organize the team
2. Define your vulnerable populations
3. Develop your strategic action plan

On December 14, 2006, Western Washington was hit with an extreme storm event. Record-intensity torrential rains and high wind speeds left large areas of the county without power, including 75% of residents. To meet the emerging needs of the community, Public Health – Seattle & King County mobilized its emergency operations like never before, testing plans for the first time to best meet the health and medical needs of the community and its vulnerable populations. Learn more about the Seattle Windstorm