Fla. College Promotes Emergency Preparedness for Non-English Speaking Students

MIAMI — Miami Dade College (MDC) has improved the level of awareness regarding emergency preparedness on its campuses, with the added challenge of having a large population of non-English speaking students.

Sixty-nine percent of MDC students are Hispanic and Spanish is the native language of 42 percent of the student body, according to a case study released by the U.S. Department of Education’s Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center. The college ensured that important materials were available in the primary languages of as many members of the school community as possible, and hosted activities to familiarize students, faculty and staff with the new emergency mass notification system installed on all eight campuses.

MDC also created an emergency management preparedness Web site to disseminate information and training on the new notification system. Videos on the site are in multiple languages.

Read the case study.

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