Including People with Disabilities in Disaster Preparedness and Response
Results and analyse of a brief survey made by DPI Europe
01/04/2014 – 31/05/2014
DPI Europe has launched this brief survey in the frame of its participation to a wider research initiated and coordinated by the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA). The objectives were to identify priorities and resources of people with disabilities and the communities they live.
This brief survey was disseminated on Internet with the tool “Google Drive” and people were solicited via emails within the networks of DPI Europe and of the European Disability Forum.
Around 200 persons and DPOs were solicited
- 18 answers were received (9 %)
- 14 people with disabilities (70%)
- 11 of them are volunteers in DPOs (73%) and 3 in organizations of civil protection (20%)
- 7 persons have an experience of living a disaster and it’s consequences
- A large majority of the contributors (83%) have accepted to be interviewed in the future.
Needs in case of relocation
After a disaster when population need to be relocated without their home, the needs of people with disabilities are:
- Personal supporters
- Technical aids
Accessible bathroom have not been prioritized, and it seems that the contributors prefer to have an access to a personal assistance with whom they can envisage to better overcome the situation.
“Personal assistance is top priority. Sitting chair for a shower and toilet”
How to be alerted?
The ways through which the contributors prefer to be alerted are:
- Personal assistants and/or family member
- Sms, mms
To be better prepared
A majority of the contributors (61%) express their whish to participate in information meetings and in the organisation of national and local network, and more (66%) of them want to be registered on a special list with details on theirs needs.
Comments from contributor (Abstract)
The best way to support people with disabilities is to have a team of assistants who work very close with people with disabilities and they remain the "reference" team in case of need. Of course, people with disabilities should be prepared very well in order to act as much independent as they can, but the "reference team" should also be available. -