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Tips for Interacting with Vulnerable Populations
in Emergencies or Disasters


Representatives from Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock Keene, Monadnock Community Hospital, and the Greater Monadnock Public Health Network came together in December of 2013 to discuss gaps for serving the whole community.

Objectives for this project included:

  •   Increase awareness of vulnerable populations in our community

  •   Encourage Emergency Planning for the whole community

  •   Increase awareness regarding emergency preparedness

  •  Become familiar with Tips Booklet and other resources

Tips Booklet for Interacting with Vulnerable Populations
During Emergencies and Disasters


Project Team:

Cheryl Pinney, RN Director, Emergency Management, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Donna Infante, RN Director, Emergency Department, Monadnock Community Hospital

Dawn Welshman Interpreter Program Coordinator, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene

Eileen Fernandes, MS Coordinator, Greater Monadnock Public Health Network

Molly Lockwood Interpreter Services, Monadnock Community Hospital

Tricia Wadleigh, MPH Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Greater Monadnock Public Health Network


Other Resources

Fifth Edition Tips Sheet for First Responders

 ESP Disability Plan

Disaster Preparedness for Seniors

 Child Safety Guidance for Shelters

 Guide for First Responders

 Emergency Health Information

OCHA Humanitarian Icons

What People Say or Do To Avoid Reading in Public

Emergency Evacuation Preparedness

Resource List and Websites 

Red Cross Booklet on Disabilities

Show-Me Tools


Please do not hesitate to contact Tricia if you are interested in scheduling a presentation to a local group. She can be reached at 603-354-5454 x3030 or



Financed by the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services,
Division of Public Health Services, with funds provided by the Centers
for Disease Control & Prevention