Vulnerable Populations Action Team (VPAT)
The Vulnerable Populations Action Team (VPAT) is a program that has operated since 2006 within the Preparedness section of Public Health Seattle & King County.
VPAT works collaboratively with community-based organizations to ensure that no one group is more impacted than another in an emergency. VPAT helps service providers get prepared, stay prepared, and be ready to respond to their clients' needs during times of disaster.
Who we are
VPAT fully recognizes that without the partnership and assistance of community-based agencies that serve vulnerable individuals, we will not effectively reach these populations during an emergency. VPAT facilitates:
What we do
The following goals guide the VPAT work:
- We will identify and better understand the preparedness, response, and recovery needs of community-based organizations that serve vulnerable populations.
- Community-based organizations will be better prepared to continue service delivery and have the skills/capacity to train their staff (and clients) to provide basic response and recovery services.
- Essential public health information will reach residents in all vulnerable population segments prior to and throughout an emergency event.
- Vulnerable population planning activities will be integrated into all government, healthcare, community-based organizations, and internal public health systems.
VPAT is an active partner of the Vulnerable Populations Operations Workgroup (VPOW) and it leverages this group to move toward these goals.