Giving Compass’ Take:
• There is a higher rate of injury and trauma for aging and disabled populations in the wake of a disaster. Here are some critical disaster relief strategies that support these populations specifically.
• What do disaster resilience efforts for older and disabled people in your area look like? How can donors better prioritize the most vulnerable populations after natural disasters?
• Read more about disaster relief and recovery here.
Mature adults and people with disabilities are often more vulnerable when disaster strikes, and this vulnerability translates into a higher rate of injury and trauma and greater loss of life for this population in the wake of a disaster.
Provide leadership and help nonprofits and agencies who serve older adults and disabled populations as they prepare for and respond to disasters by:
- supporting coordination and communication efforts regarding preparation and evacuation;
- supporting evacuation transportation methods;
- supporting workshops and educational seminars that assist the elderly and disabled community in accessing benefits and other assistance in the aftermath of a disaster;
- supporting advocacy to ensure rebuilding efforts are in accordance with ADA laws and building codes;
- establishing funds that address immediate needs and long-term assistance.
- Preparedness is essential for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
- Philanthropic organizations can draw attention to and support aggressive and comprehensive preparedness and communications plans.
- Plans should be established in cooperation with nonprofit organizations and government agencies whose missions are to serve older and vulnerable populations.
- Because older adults and individuals with disabilities tend to be more isolated and invisible, it is important to support strong advocacy and education initiatives for their safety and well-being.
- Advance planning, coordination, communication, evacuation protocols, and education on disaster mitigation and response for this special population is critical in order to reduce life-threatening illness and morbidity rates.
Read the full article about disaster relief for disabled populations at Disaster Philanthropy Playbook.
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