Disaster preparedness among Latino households in marion county, Oregon
Methods A 20 question survey was developed in English and Spanish based on the 2011 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) questionnaire. Questions regarding household preparedness were taken from the general preparedness module. To obtain a desired sample size of 385, four mailings were sent during January 2013 to a random sample of 1,500 addresses of Latino households identified by Spanish surname obtained from a private company. Key dependent variables include 1) presence of supplies of food, water, radio, and flashlight in the household (4 v. <4); 2) emergency evacuation plan; and 3) 3-day medication supply for all household members requiring medication. We will examine the association between key covariates and household preparedness using univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analyses.
Results/Outcomes At the time of abstract submission, over 300 completed surveys have been returned and entered into a database for analysis.
Conclusions A population-based assessment of disaster preparedness among Latino households is an important first step to developing culturally competent disaster communication material tailored to this population.
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Describe the level of disaster preparedness (natural or man-made) among Latino households in Marion County, Oregon. Identify specific subgroups of Latinos in Marion County, Oregon who are ill-prepared for disasters.
Keyword(s): Disasters, Latino Health
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Any relevant financial relationships? No
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