In Harm's Way: Identifying Special Needs Populations Ahead of Wildland Fire in the Community of Vista, California [open pdf - 2MB]
"The problem addressed by this research is the Vista Fire Department has not identified vulnerable special needs populations that may need to be evacuated in the event of a wildfire emergency. The purpose of this research is to identify special needs populations living within identified wildland urban interface threat zones. Descriptive research methods were used to answer the following questions: (a) What are the wildland urban interface threat zones within the Vista Fire Department's jurisdictional area? (b) What defines special needs individuals? (c) What is the best method to locate special needs individuals and groups? (d) What are alternative internal and external approaches to identifying special needs populations? (e) What is the best overall strategy to identify special needs populations within the wildland urban interface threat zones?"
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