Emergencies, Disasters, and Climate Resilience

The frequency, intensity, and magnitude of disasters and public health emergencies are rapidly increasing due to both climate and non-climate driven causes, resulting in a disproportionate impact on people with disabilities worldwide.

According to the United Nations, people with disabilities are two to four times more likely to be injured or die in a disaster. This is due to failures in government and community planning, inclusion and meeting accessibility and accommodation obligations. True resilience is only achievable with a full commitment to equal access, universal design and whole community inclusion. WID is launching a global campaign to optimize disability inclusive emergency preparedness, disaster risk reduction and climate resilience, with a specific focus on actions that have a measurable impact on improving readiness and resilience for communities and improved outcomes for disaster impacted people with disabilities.

WID COVID-19 Response

WID joins disability rights and emergency management experts from across the country in issuing an urgent call to action for immediate strategies and solutions from the federal government and governments at every level, including local, state, tribal and territorial, to address the specific needs of persons with disabilities throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and all public health emergencies.

WID is working in collaboration with the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the National Council on Independent Living Emergency Preparedness Subcommittee, and other local, national, and international groups to get people with disabilities the information, care, and supports to survive this pandemic.

On May 7 and June 4, 2020, WID was joined by over 600 disability rights leaders from 29 countries to discuss the needs of people with disabilities and disability-led organizations in rapid disaster response. Join us for our upcoming launch event on July 9 to hear more about what we learned, and what actions we’re taking next.

Save the Date: Launch of the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration, July 9

Details coming soon about the upcoming launch event for the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration – register now for the event, happening Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 9 AM Pacific Time/12 PM Eastern Time/4 PM UTC.

Registration link for the launch of the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration

Global Disability + Disaster Town Hall Meetings

Session 2: Thursday, June 4, 2020

Recorded session + transcript:

Transcript for WID Disability + Disaster Global Town Hall, Session 2

Session 1: May 7, 2020

Recorded session + transcript:

Transcript for Global Disability and Disaster Town Hall session, May 7 2020

Click on the linked image below to visit our COVID-19 page, which includes WID’s response, calls to action, COVID-related disability rights, resources, and press mentions.

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Emergencies, Disasters, and Climate Resilience pages

Click on the linked images below or the following links to visit pages in the Emergencies, Disasters, and Climate Resilience section: Emergency Preparedness + Disaster Risk Reduction, The Rights of People with Disabilities in Disasters & Public Health Emergencies, and Resources for People with Disabilities in Emergencies & Disasters.

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For more information, contact Thomas Foley, WID’s Managing Director, at tom@wid.org.

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