• Disaster

    Armenian emergency ministry launches ‘911 SOS’ for persons with disabilities

    YEREVAN: Armenia’s ministry of emergency situations has  launched a free mobile application “911 SOS,” designed specifically for people with disabilities. In a press release the ministry said the application operates on iOS  and Android operating systems and described it as the best way for people with disabilities who get in difficult situations to send alarm… Continue Reading »

    UN Women Factsheet on Leaving No One Behind

    UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality produced a Factsheet building on its seven-year experience working with civil society supporting the transformation of marginalized groups into agents of change. An estimated 7% of the projects globally worked with women with disabilities. The Factsheet offers key insights into effective strategies for operationalizing Agenda 2030 and its commitment… Continue Reading »

    Sharjah launches emergency preparedness tips in Braille

    SHARJAH: The Sharjah Civil Defence Department on Wednesday launched a safety awareness system initiative for people with vision disabilities through Braille, to inform them about various types of risks. The initiative is first of its kind in the country, aimed at ensuring the safety of people with vision disabilities. The Sharjah Civil Defence has designed… Continue Reading »

    India to host international conference on disaster risk reduction

    NEW DELHI: India will host the Asian ministerial conference for disaster risk reduction next month which will focus on partnership with governments and stakeholders to imbibe the practices in the region’s development narrative. This is the first AMCDRR after the advent of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRRR), adopted at the third UN… Continue Reading »

    Survey on the needs of wheelchair users in emergency situations

    The International Society of Wheelchair Professionals (ISWP) and UNICEF are conducting research on the needs of wheelchair users in emergency situations. If you are a wheelchair user, a caretaker, a disaster relief volunteer, a clinician, or an expert in corresponding fields, we invite you to participate in the emergency preparedness and relief for individuals with… Continue Reading »

    Disaster assistance available for older adults and people with disabilities in West Virginia

    CHARLESTON, W.VA.: Older adults and people with disabilities affected by the June 22-29 severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides may be eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA has made it a priority to reach everyone who needs help – including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs,… Continue Reading »

    FEMA ensures Texans with disabilities, access needs can register for disaster aid

    AUSTIN, TEXAS: Texans who have a disability or access need and sustained damage or losses from the May storms and flooding may face challenges, but registering for federal aid shouldn’t be one of them. “We reach out to the entire community,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William J. Doran III, who is in charge of FEMA’s… Continue Reading »

    OCD brings disaster risk reduction and management advocacy to persons with disabilities

    BAGUIO CITY, PHILIPPINES: The Office of Civil Defense – Cordillera Regional Office, in continuously expanding the reach of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management advocacy in the region,  brought  the Basic DRRM Training to the Federation of Person with Disability at the City Social Welfare and Development Office here. The two – day (June 9… Continue Reading »

    Peru to host World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

    LIMA: Lima will host the World Engineering Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction gathering renowned world experts on December 5- 6, 2016. Organized by the College of Engineers of Peru and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), the said conference will contribute to disseminating experts’ experiences on disaster prevention. Close to 800 engineers —400 of… Continue Reading »