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Guideline on Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction: Early Warning and Accessible Broadcasting

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This Guideline is designed to address the lack of appropriate information and practices on inclusive policies and practices on disaster preparedness, accessible early warnings, accessible transportation, and life safety and evacuation of persons with disabilities. It focuses on inclusive disaster risk reduction strategies, from working with the community of persons with disabilities, to the design of a variety of accessible early warning systems that reach all citizens.

The audience for this Guideline includes:

  • Broadcasters who are responsible for developing policies and practices for early warning and disaster risk reduction.
  • Civil society organizations and Disabled Persons Organizations.
  • International Aid Organizations.
  • Government officials responsible for disaster risk reduction such as National Disaster Management Centers, Disaster Management Agencies and Bureaux.
  • Government officials responsible for establishing standard operating procedures for disaster risk reduction including emergency communication and evacuation planning, and disaster mitigation to reduce the effects on citizens.
  • Government officials who are responsible for evacuation, accessible transportation, accessible housing and shelters and those responsible for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Early warning system planners, telecommunication and communication strategists, transportation planners, international aid and emergency management agencies.

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Guideline on Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction : Disabilities and Disasters

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The development of this Guideline document was funded by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP), the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region.

The objectives of this Guideline are to :

  • Build community resilience to coastal hazards by improving capacity of inclusive disaster management systems;
  • Reduce the mortality rate of persons with disabilities in situations of risk;
  • Raise awareness about inclusive policies, practices and disaster risk reduction strategies that address the accessibility of communication, shelter, transportation and early warning systems;
  • Foster collaboration between disaster preparedness organizations, broadcasters and organizations of persons with disabilities to mainstreaming disability issues in disaster risk reduction strategies;
  • Build the capacity of disaster management organizations, governments, broadcasters and built environment practitioners by providing technical specifications on accessible communications and the design of accessible shelters and the built environment.

This document is currently available in Draft form. The Guideline is available in alternate formats, including DAISY.