The NAACP publicly announced a historic partnership with the Red Cross earlier this month. A partnership that the prestigious civil rights organization plans to use to positively assist communities of color who suffer from natural disasters.
Research and recent studies have revealed that people of color are most negatively impacted by natural disasters, especially disasters resulting from climate change, such as fires, floods, hurricanes, and more of the like. These communities are typically affected most due to several reasons, but most commonly, it is due to a lack of resources and information.
Black and/or African Americans, Latino/Latinx, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Asians tend to be the communities that do not receive the most aid and support during and even after disastrous situations. The partnership between the NAACP and the Red Cross will be a joint effort to resolve these issues and bridge the gap. Collaboratively, both organizations will join forces to promote disaster resilience within these high-risk communities.
In a statement taken from NAACP's Director of Environmental Climate Justice, Abre' Conner expressed the following: “We have already seen how the extreme effects of the global climate crisis disproportionately burdens Black communities. Now it’s time to take action and ensure that everyone has access to the life-saving disaster relief and resiliency resources they need and deserve. Together, we will continue to craft innovative solutions that reach those most in need while shaping a more equitable, resilient and hopeful future for all.”