Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
There are a number of federal laws and executive orders that provide and enforce equitable access to programs and services in disasters and public health emergencies. Federal laws protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, economic status, disability, and English proficiency.
Some of these federal requirements are specific to disasters and public health emergencies; while other requirements offer protection against discriminatory policies, practices, and procedures in general, and are not waived in emergency situations. The table below summarizes key federal requirements are applicable to all state and local governments, as well as public and private entities.
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