Vulnerable Populations & Limited English Proficiency
Reaching Limited English Proficiency Audiences in an Emergency
Effective communication during an emergency can sometimes mean the differences between life and death. This is true whether communicating with those whose primary language is English or with people who have limited English proficiency. People who are limited English proficient (LEP) are those who “do speak English as their primary language and who have a limited ability to read, speak, or understand English”
Limited English Proficiency Program
The Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Program builds partnerships and improves trust and relationships between state agencies, local governments and community stakeholders, with the goal of improving emergency preparedness alert and warning capabilities in LEP communities.
The LEP program launched in December 2015 in areas with significate LEP populations that were impacted by the 2014/2015 wildfires: Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Okanogan and Yakima counties. The program is now expanding throughout the state and includes multiple languages: Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Tagalog as well as Braille. To obtain printed all- hazards posters and fliers or to request technical assistance for your community, please contact Sergio Madrid Sergio.Madrid@mil.wa.gov. Some documents are available to download below.