FEMA should divert some grant funding to state's human services agencies for planning for vulnerable populations. The already have the relationships and lines of communication with many in these populations. They also have access to many services and providers needed in an emergency - wheel chair transportation, access to nursing facility beds, knowledge of people with behavioral issues/ dementia, etc.
Viable support networks and social connections, which are part of the larger theory of social capital, are protective factors that decrease risk and enhance adaptation (Norris et al., 2007). Social capital theory suggests that “the more people connect with each other, the more they will trust each other and the better off they will be individually and collectively, because social capital has a strong collective... more »