Community Organizations Work to Remove Language Barriers During Disasters – October 2, 2018

During the October wildfires many Spanish speakers received no alert to evacuate in their language. But that wasn’t the only communication failure during that disaster.

In the Napa Valley, Community Organizations Active in Disaster, called COAD for short, held a conference Thursday on how to best prepare for emergencies. Reporter Adia White attended a session on eliminating language barriers in disaster response. She talked with one of the panelists, Emilia Carbajal, who’s the program director of the Graton Day Labor Center. Carbajal witnessed a number of communication failures both during and after last year’s wildfires.

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