Article 11 Situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies

Article 11 says:

  • Governments must take all necessary steps to make sure that disabled people are protected and safe in situations of risk – such as war, famine and natural disasters.

What does this mean?

When governments and public bodies are planning for emergencies, then they should think about safety for disabled people. Also, when there is an emergency, then they should take steps to make sure that disabled people are safe.

For example, Local Strategic Partnerships in places that are at higher risk of flooding should identify risk factors for disabled people (residents and visitors) and make plans to address the risks.

In a case of an unexpected emergency, for example flights being grounded because of volcanic ash, governments should work together to make sure that disabled people are not put at risk, for example if they need access to medicine, then they should make every effort to provide this.

Governments and public bodies should also think about accessible communications around emergencies. For example, it would not be good enough to set up a helpline where people can ask for information or help which is not accessible for groups of disabled people, including Deaf people and people with speech impairments.

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