Disaster

Thematic Group on Disaster Risk Reduction Invites Experts and Organizations to JOIN!

Disaster, ICT, News, Webinar, April 3 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities, is launching the establishment of a NEW Thematic Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). This thematic group will support the engagement of persons with disabilities, their representative organizations and other relevant stakeholders to contribute to the monitoring of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction… Continue Reading »

WMO Checklist Helps Enhance Early Warning Systems

Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific, Disaster, Europe, News, April 2 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: Early warning, a critical component of disaster risk reduction (DRR), can prevent loss of life and reduce the economic impacts of hazardous events, including disasters, according to a multi-hazard early warning systems checklist developed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in partnership with the UN Office for DRR (UNISDR), UN… Continue Reading »

ISO Establishes New Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Built Environment, Disaster, News, March 26 2018

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INTERNATIONAL: The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced that they have established a new Task Force on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several of GAATES Founding Board Members are active participants in ISO Task Forces and have shared that the new “Task Force will: Review the mapping of ISO… Continue Reading »

Researchers study how to improve tornado warnings for people with disabilities

Americas, Disaster, December 13 2017

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.: The University of Alabama’s Drs. Jason C. Senkbeil and Darrin Griffin have been awarded a grant of $251,850 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study how tornado warnings could be improved in their accessibility and comprehension by members of the Deaf, Blind and Deaf-Blind communities. The… Continue Reading »

Improving Access and Disaster Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities in Samoa

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, December 4 2017

Samoa has implemented the Enhanced Road Access Project to restore important road assets damaged by extreme weather, also to enhance the climate resilience of critical roads and bridges. One of the actions under the project is to help remove barriers for persons with disabilities, acknowledging that this is a positive… Continue Reading »

Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness in NSW: Enabling Local Community Resilience Through Collaboration

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, News, November 29 2017

AUSTRALIA: Local Disability Inclusive Disaster and Emergency Management Guidelines, have been developed as part of the preparedness for communities and individuals to utilise. These guidelines are for local emergency managers and disability support providers to understand Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) principles and suggest practical activities to engage the… Continue Reading »

FEMA Works to Ensure Equal Access to All Disaster Survivors

Americas, Disaster, News, November 10 2017

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ST. CROIX, VIRGIN ISLANDS: To ensure all U.S. Virgin Islanders have equal access to disaster assistance programs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is coordinating with federal, territorial and local agencies as well as volunteer organizations to identify survivors’ needs and connect them with resources. “Disasters negatively affect everyone in… Continue Reading »

Workshop to Provide Vital Disaster Strategies for the Bay Area Disability Community

Americas, Disaster, News, October 26 2017

Earthquake Preparedness for persons with disabilities

SAN MATEO, CALIF.:  People with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded vets and healthcare professionals attending Abilities Expo (#AbilitiesExpo) on October 27-29, 2017 at the San Mateo County Event Center (Expo Hall) are eagerly anticipating the “Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities” workshop on October 27 at 1:00pm, as well as the opportunity to discover the latest products,… Continue Reading »

Disability Rights Advocates Calling for Emergency Preparedness Training at Key Airports

Americas, Disaster, News, October 20 2017

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DENVER, CO: Nationally recognized airport security expert, Capt. LaPonda Fitchpatrick, and Associate Director of the Center for Disability and Health Policy, June Kailes, are joining airport workers in Denver to call for a whole community approach to emergency preparedness, including ensuring that passenger service workers are fully trained and paid liveable… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities emphasize need to involve in DRR programs

Asia-Pacific, Disaster, October 15 2017

PHILIPPINES: In its effort towards disaster risk reduction, persons with disabilities (PWDs) expressed the need to involve themselves in disability-inclusive disaster risk reduction programs. The secretary general of the World Blind Union Asia-Pacific Teddy Kahil, who is visually impaired, said Thursday last week that persons with disabilities are greatly affected… Continue Reading »


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