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The Importance of Language Services during Disaster Relief Efforts

The Importance of Language Services during Disaster Relief Efforts

When a city or country is hit by a natural disaster, such as the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean, Florida and Texas, earthquakes in Mexico, as well the wildfires in California, many volunteer agencies send people and groups to assist with providing aid and relief to those who are coping with the aftermath. These groups are instrumental in providing food, water, shelter, clothing, and other basic necessities for those affected by the disaster. However, they are not always equipped with the basic language skills to communicate effectively with these individuals, which could hinder the relief efforts immensely in certain cases. For that reason, volunteers assisting with language translation and interpretation can be just as important as any other volunteer providing aid.

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