Disaster

Australia: Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Planning (PCEP) Tool for COVID-19

Queenslanders with Disability Network has been working with the University of Sydney and the Queensland Government on these practical tools and information to help you think through how to make a plan for your own individual needs and situation during COVID-19.  We are calling this tool the ‘PCEP COVID-19 Planning Tool’.  PCEP  is short for ……Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP). The… Continue Reading »

Persons with disabilities Must Not be left Behind in the Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Statement by Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe As governments in Europe react to the rapid spread of the coronavirus through wide-reaching measures, they must not forget that a large proportion of their population is living with disabilities. Persons with disabilities are not only often at increased risk of serious health complications, but they… Continue Reading »

Preventing Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities in COVID-19 Response

Unless Governments and communities take action, discrimination against people with disabilities could increase during the COVID-19 pandemic, an expert with the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Lindsay Lee, a WHO Technical Officer who works on issues related to people with disabilities, was speaking during a Q&A the UN health agency hosted on its Twitter account on Thursday. “What worries me perhaps more than anything… Continue Reading »

CBM Launches New Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) Application

ZIMBABWE: Marking the International Day of Persons with Disability, CBM launches a new Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) application (www.cbm.org/i-drr) and releases a new version of its Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT). The CBM Humanitarian Hands-On Tool (HHoT) (www.cbm.org/hhot), providing step-by-step practical guidance on inclusive humanitarian field work, first went live at the end of 2017. Since then,… Continue Reading »

New Guidelines for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action

The guidelines set out essential actions that humanitarian actors must take in order to effectively identify and respond to the needs and rights of persons with disabilities who are most at risk of being left behind in humanitarian settings. The recommended actions in each chapter place persons with disabilities at the centre of humanitarian action,… Continue Reading »

Hawaii Nonprofits Engaging in Emergency Preparedness for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

HAWAII: Hawaii nonprofits are distributing water jugs to seniors and homebound individuals across the state as part of efforts to ramp up emergency preparedness. The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency worked with county agencies to provide the 2 1/2 gallon collapsible jugs to vulnerable residents. The effort is funded by a $30,000 federal grant that aims to ensure… Continue Reading »

Central Americans with Disabilities in Tijuana (Mexico)

MEXICO: Carlos Ríos Espinosa, Senior Researcher and Advocate with the Disability Rights Division of Human Rights Watch published an article on December 20th, 2018 called ‘Life With a Disability in the Migrant Caravan‘ With the agreement between the United States and Mexico governments, known as “Remain in Mexico,” asylum seekers are placed at risk of becoming victims… Continue Reading »

European Countries Commit to Enhance Efforts to Reduce Disaster Risk

EUROPE: A declaration spelling out challenges and opportunities facing the European region as it seeks to reduce disaster risks and losses was adopted by representatives of European countries, stakeholder groups and partners at the European Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The ‘Rome Declaration of Stakeholders: Securing Europe’s Prosperity: Reducing Risk of Disasters’ calls on governments… Continue Reading »

UNU-EHS Summer Academy Builds Capacity on Urban Dimension of Climate Action, SDGs, DRR

BONN, GERMANY: The Summer Academy on World Risk and Adaptation Futures sought to build capacity and create networks for real-world impact, emphasize a stronger focus on drivers of future risk for risk reduction policy and action, foster collaboration between policymakers and practitioners, and provide them with information on future risk trajectories and future trends regarding… Continue Reading »

ESCWA Charts Course for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation and DRR

BEIRUT, LEBANON: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) issued its seventh report on water development, which focuses on integrating actions for disaster risk reduction (DRR) with climate change adaptation. The reports draw attention to the existing gap between adaptation and DRR communities as they address problems of water scarcity and seek… Continue Reading »