Mutual Aid: A Grassroots Model for Justice and Equity in Emergency Management
This article provides lessons for a more equitable approach to emergency management. Grassroots mutual aid programs regained prominence when supporting equitable approaches to emergency management during many concurrent disasters in 2020. Disasters have disproportionate impacts on poor and working-class communities, communities of color, and other marginalized groups. This article includes:
- A definition of a mutual aid
- Mutual aid with emergency management
- Historical context
- Principles and strategies of grassroots mutual aid
Recommended for environmental public health professionals, local government officials, and individuals working in emergency management.