International Day for Disaster Reduction Today

Americas, October 13 2013

The International Day for Disaster Reduction will be observed in the world today to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters.

The theme of this year’s day is ‘Living with Disability and Disasters’. The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction: a day to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.

October 13 each year marks the United Nation International Day for Disaster Reduction, to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of Disaster Risk Reduction, and to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters. IDDR 2013 focuses on persons with disabilities, and the need for disaster risk reduction plans to include the needs of this community.

The report by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has revealed the findings of its first-ever global survey of persons with disabilities and how they cope with disasters.

More persons with disabilities die than people without disabilities during disasters, UNISDR has confirmed. With an estimated 15% of the world’s population with disabilities, the survey findings provide a much welcome spur to action to improve disaster preparedness for persons with disabilities.

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