Equity Response Teams
I-DIEM’s Equity Response Teams (ERT) are deployable, interdisciplinary teams of certified emergency managers, cultural competency experts, and community engagement professionals dedicated to ensuring equity in all phases of the disaster cycle for vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations post-disaster.
Our Equity Response Team is on the ground in tornado impacted areas of Kentucky, monitoring equitable response and recovery among marginalized, rural, and geographically isolated communities by prioritizing equity as a fundamental objective of emergency preparedness. One of the most apparent effects of climate change is the increase in the frequency and intensity of severe weather-related events that have already posed significant threats to the health and safety of people and communities.
Lower-income and underserved communities are more likely to bear the disproportionate risks caused by natural disasters, and are more likely to face challenges when accessing the resources required to adequately recover physically, mentally, and economically after these disasters. Extreme weather events often destroy affordable housing which, will inevitably never be re-built. Equity is essential to ensure that these communities have access to the resources that allow for a short- and long-term recovery.
Hurricane Ida Response
As part of our response for Hurricane Ida, we will be gathering intel from our team of community-based partners, news reports, and our ground truth reporting to document any discrimination, challenges, and other response inequities for marginalized communities. Our Hurricane Ida Equity Report will be posted here daily.
Click here to learn more about how marginalized groups are being impacted by Hurricane Ida.
Click here to access images and videos collected by our team in Louisiana.