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A Rapid Response Toolkit for Immigrant and Refugee Organizations Responding to Extreme Weather

As climate change accelerates, extreme weather events like storms, floods, and fires are becoming more frequent and intense. Immigrants and refugees are among the communities hit first and worst by climate disasters in the U.S. and are often left behind in response and recovery efforts.

Across the network of the National Partnership for New Americans (NPNA), immigrant and refugee-led organizations are on the frontlines of these increasingly common climate disasters – stepping in to fill in gaps in government response and ensuring that critical resources and services are available and accessible to all communities.

This toolkit shares the experiences and approaches of NPNA members and partners responding to disasters. We hope it will support immigrant and refugee-led organizations thinking about how to strategically jump into action after a disaster, support their communities, and advocate for policies and resources to keep them safe from the climate crisis.