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Wildfire Smoke: Critical Safety Messages in 32 Languages
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> > Click on the tabs below to access each language < <
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OVERVIEW
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This spreadsheet includes 200+ wildfire smoke safety messages in 32 languages (including English). Share these resources with community members before and during a wildfire event. Click on the tabs below to access the messages, and visit PublicAlerts.org/wildfire-smoke for additional safety information. Additional materials will be available in late 2023 at PublicAlerts.org/messaging-tools. We are working on illustrations and audio files of these wildfire smoke messages, as well as wildfire danger resources (prevention, evacuation, etc.).
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LANGUAGE LIST
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Messages are provided in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Russian, Korean, Arabic, Japanese, Ukrainian, Tagalog, Khmer, Romanian, Somali, Persian, Thai, Hindi, Lao, Telugu, Hmong, Karen, Chuukese, Nepali, Swahili, French, Rohingya, Bosnian, Burmese, Pashto, Marshallese, Oromo, Amharic, and Mien
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PROJECT DESIGN
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These messages were selected to speak to those most impacted by wildfire smoke events: people living outside, people with low incomes, older adults vulnerable to cold, people with medical needs vulnerable to power outages, people hesitant to use heat because of the utility expenses, etc. The list of messages was generated by many public and community partners in the Portland Metro Region. They were translated by a local vendor with a focus on cultural competency. Languages were selected using Metro’s Factor 1 Analysis and feedback from community-based organizations.
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BACKGROUND
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This project began during the devastating heat dome that impacted the Portland Metro Region in June 2021. Community partners shared their messaging needs with the City of Portland's COAD Coordinator, Kate Szrom. She designed this project to be responsive of their needs. The project is supported by the Disaster Messaging Work Group of the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) and funded by the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI).
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FEEDBACK
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If you have feedback about these translations, please email rdpo@portlandoregon.gov or complete this online form.
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LEARN MORE
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To learn more about this project and access other resources, visit PublicAlerts.org/messaging-tools.
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DIRECT LINK
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Use this shortened URL to provide a direct link to this spreadsheet: https://bit.ly/wildfiresmokemessages
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