Disability and disaster risk


Case studies, challenges and best practices to ensure the full participation of persons with disabilities in disaster risk reduction.

A man uses a modified wheelchair to ride above monsoon floods
With 1 billion, or 15% of the world’s population, experiencing a form of disability, and 80% of whom living in low- and middle-income countries, it is crucial that persons with disabilities be accounted for in disaster risk management activities.
World Bank, the

In this paper, the authors propose a conceptual framework for understanding the impact of the policy responses to COVID-19 on disabled people. These responses have overwhelmingly focused on individual vulnerability, which has been used as a justification

Louisa Yasukawa
Across Europe and Central Asia, people with disabilities have too often been excluded from disaster risk reduction (DRR), early warning systems and evacuation planning, and have faced compounding risks and barriers while displaced from their homes.
Old person in a wheelchair
During a disaster people with disability are often invisible. They are left out because systems set up before disasters make it hard for them to be involved.
Conversation Media Group, the
Cover page for the report, featuring title
The guidebook has been prepared to minimize the loss of life and property of persons with disabilities due to disasters.
United States Agency for International Development Atullya Foundation
Corazon Bajuyo Clarin, Convener, Cebu Disability-inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Network
While Philippines has a sophisticated network of sensors to monitor climate and geophysical hazards, people with disabilities continue to face significant challenges when disasters hit.