People who already had disabilities prior to a natural disaster tend to be more vulnerable during emergency situations.
Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
- Guidelines on treating mental health in emergencies with any population exposed to extreme stressors, such as refugees, internally displaced persons, disaster survivors, and terrorism or war-exposed populations. PDF format.
How to Include Disability Issues in Disaster Management: Following Floods 2004 in Bangladesh
- This report provides practical ideas and specific knowledge on how to include people with disabilities in disaster management. It presents guidelines for the preparation for and prevention of natural disasters, immediate response and post emergency reconstruction, taking into account the specific needs of people with disabilities. PDF format.
Mental Health in Emergencies
- This document offers adivce on assisting populations exposed to extreme stressors, such as refugees, internally displaced persons, disaster survivors and terrorism-, war- or genocide-exposed populations. PDF format.
The Impact of Climate Change on People with Disabilities
- The objective of this paper is to share information about the needs of people with disabilities and good practices for inclusion in disasters, emergencies, violence and conflict, scarcity of resources, and development efforts. PDF format.
The Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on People with Disabilities: A Look Back and Remaining Challenges
- A report by the National Council on Disability discussing how people with disabilities were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the United States, recovery issues, and recommendations for emergency preparedness.
Unveiling Darkness: The Situation Analysis of Disaster and Disability Issues in the Coastal Belt of Bangladesh
- The goal of this study was to acheive an understanding of the difficulties people with disabilities face when evacuating the coast of Bangladesh in the face of a natural disaster and to influence national policy regarding evacuation plans. PDF format.