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Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response

22-23 October 2013, Paris

Disability SignIn 2011 the Committee of Permanent Correspondents of the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA) adopted Ethical Principles on Disaster Risk Reduction and People’s Resilience. In 2012 the Committee decided to focus part of its work on guidance for a more operative practice with vulnerable groups and in particular on people with disabilities.

A Questionnaire on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction has been developed and circulated in March 2013 in order to collect examples of good practice and already existing regulations and laws in the field. The replies to the questionnaire were included into a report which portrays the situation of people with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response, focusing on different practices, return of experiences, good examples and mentioning the legal issues and drawing attention to what can be done in the case of a disaster. The Report, together with the resulting Guidelines and Recommendations on Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response were discussed and adopted by the Committee of Permanent Correspondents of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement on 24 October.



Presentations

Thorsten AFFLERBACH, Council of Europe, Head of Social Cohesion and Integration Division
Introduction to the Work on Disability: Presentation of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, as well as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)

Josef NEUMANN, Landtag NRW, Germany
Inclusion of People with Disabilities (German)

Claudio DETOGNI, Independent Expert, Federsanità ANCI, National Office, Italy
The Verona Charter on the rescue of persons with disabilities in case of disasters: its role in the past and its perspectives for the future

Magda ROOZE and Eva MUENKER-KRAMER, European Federation of Psychologists’ Associations (EFPA)
Contribution from the EFPA Disaster and Crisis Psychology Standing Committee

Regina ERNST and Dirk BOENKE, Rehabilitation
International German approach promoting accessibility of various environments (Rehabilitation International, RI)

David SINGH, UNISDR
Outcomes of the survey developed by UNISDR in the context of the International Day for Disaster Reduction

Stepan BADALYAN, Vice-Chair, Committee of Permanent Correspondents of the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement
Awareness raising of the people with disabilities to disasters as an integral part of disaster preparedness and response at national and municipal levels

Prof. Stefanos DRITSOS, Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization (EPPO)
Earthquake Protection Policy for People with Disabilities

Olga SHASHKINA, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia
Overview of the current situation regarding Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction in Georgia and Case Study: “Inclusive DRR for vulnerable children in kindergartens and special care institutions” (prepared in collaboration with Save the Children International - SCI Georgia)

Silvio SAGRAMOLA, Director, National Disability Information and Meeting Centre, Luxembourg
Good will is not enough

Prof. David ALEXANDER, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction, University College London, UK
Disaster and people with disabilities: some key issues

Prof. Duncan SHAW, Operational research and critical systems, Warwick Business School, UK
The paradox of social resilience: How cognitive strategies and coping mechanisms attenuate resilience

Alexandros MAKARIGAKIS, Chief of Unit on Disaster Risk Reduction, UNESCO
Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Paola ALBRITO, Head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Europe
The International Day for Disaster Reduction - Living with Disability and Disasters

Eric WEERTS, Emergency and Rehabilitation for Handicap International
Current approaches to including people with disabilities in disaster risk reduction

Charlotte AXELSON and Luisa FENU, CBM
Good practices and Voices from the field

Luk ZELDERLOO, European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)
People with disabilities in disaster: Preparedness and Response

Dagmar GRESKAMP, Interessengemeinschaft Selbstbestimmt Leben
Twin-Track Approach

Dingeman DE JONG, 2bsafe, The Netherlands
The local voice

Badaoui ROUHBAN, Global Risk Forum (GRF) Davos
Disaster resilience of people with disabilities: challenges

  Meeting Documents
Programme and Report of the meeting

Report on Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Guidelines for Assisting People with Disabilities during Emergencies, Crises and Disasters EN | FR


Recommandantion on the inclusion of people with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response EN | FR


Press Release
 
Related Documents
Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015  EN | FR
Ethical Principles on Disaster Risk Reduction and People’s Resilience  EN | FR
Improving DRR in certain vulnerable groups  EN | FR
Disability, a Citizenship issue
EN | FR

Council of Europe Poster
UNISDR Disability Survey
 
Statement of Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni
on the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction - Living with Disability and Disasters, 13 October 2013. (Statement)

Statement of Global Risk Forum Davos
related to the inclusion of people with disabilities in disaster preparedness and response. (Statement)
 
Reference Websites
Council of Europe page on People with disabilities
Commissioner for Human Rights
European Action for the Disabled (AEH)
UNISDR
CBM
Handicap International
EFPA
UNESCO
Rehabilitation International
Global Risk Forum
EASPD

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