Emergency & Community Health Outreach (ECHO) Minnesota collaborative is an organization that exists to ensure that people with limited English proficiency receive life-saving health and safety information.
Sponsored by the Association of Minnesota Counties, ECHO TV broadcasts and website information deliver health and safety related information to Minnesota residents who speak: Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. This information is available in a variety of formats including audio (over phone or radio), on TV, CD, video PSAs.
In addition ECHO also has audio information in Russian, Arabic, and Oromo on other health and safety topics as well. In an emergency ECHO will offer specific information to help families respond to a major health or safety emergency in Minnesota. The type of emergency will determine how that information is delivered.
Winter Preparedness and Extreme Cold Safety
ECHO has a number video and audio products in several languages providing general information on winter weather safety listed below. Check the ECHO website for the latest programming and broadcast information.
Severe Weather Awareness
ECHO has resources in many languages (up to 8) to help people get ready for severe weather
. These items include:
Public Service Announcements (PSAs) (30-60 seconds, audio and video): Tornado Safety, Emergency Sirens, Flooding Preparedness (4 PSAs), Shelter in Place, Extreme Heat
Full Length Programs (20-30 minutes): Severe Weather Warnings, Shelter in Place, Prepare for Emergency Evacuation, Community Strength and Preparedness
ECHO has also created a new video called “Recovering from the Storm” following the north Minneapolis tornado in the spring of 2011, and it shows viewers how to be prepared, work together, and take care of themselves, their families, and their community when a storm hits (as well as how to rebuild physically and emotionally after the storm).
All of these items are streamable online or can be requested on DVD from ECHO.