Who is DiDRRN?

DiDRRN is a consortium of like-minded disabled people's organisation (DPOs) and 'mainstream' and disability-focused development and relief organisations

Our collective aim is to secure the active participation, and meaningful contibution, of people with disability in DRR policy and practice post -2015

Photo Gallery

  • Photo of awareness session in Bangladesh where persons with disabilities perform and attend as audience
  • Photo of training session with children in Indonesia
  • Photo of a women in her house which is accessible and raised above flood level
  • Photo of training session with sign language


Do you know what to do in case of:


 Drop. As soon as you feel a tremor, drop to your knees. This will prevent you from being thrown to the ground and injured. >>
 Cover. Take cover under a table or similar. If there is nothing to take cover under, drop forward onto your elbows and cover your head and neck with your hands.
 Hold-on. Hold on to what you are taking cover under until the shaking stops. Be wary of secondary shakes.
 Evacuate. Keep calm and make sure everyone evacuates safely. Do not return to the building until you are sure it is safe to do so. Remember- structural damage may have occurred and buildings and walls may still be at risk of collapse.


 Protect your head while evacuating. Roof tiles and other debris may still fall.
 Earthquakes can trigger tsunami. If you are near the coast, estuary or river, move to higher ground after the earthquake stops.
 Never try to run from a building during an earthquake. Many are injured or killed when trying to run.
 Some people with disability may have difficulty in dropping and taking cover. Discuss with them how you can best help. A helmet or thick book can be used to offer protection to the head if nothing else is available. Brakes on wheelchairs should be applied.
 Prepare your home and workplace. Secure furniture that may fall. Move furniture so it will not fall where people are sleeping. Move furniture so that it will not fall and block exits. <<


 Make sure you follow the evacuation orders of local authorities. >>
 Be familiar with alert levels in your area and what they mean.
 Make sure everyone in your family and community know, and can access, the evacuation routes.
 When evacuating first move away from rivers or channels and then follow the main evacuation routes down. Pyroclastic flows, for example, follow gravity and move extremely fast.
 Do not return to your home until the all clear is given by authorities.

Tips :

 Some volcanoes produce a lot of ash when they erupt. This ash can cause serious respiratory problems and damage your lungs if inhaled. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask (or damp cloth). Also, wear goggles and cover all exposed skin.
 Ash can fall over a large area and collect on roofs and cause them to collapse. Clear the ash frequently. However, if your house is in an exclusion zone, do not return to your home until the relevant authority announces it is safe to do so.
 Ensure everyone can evacuate and that a plan is in place for your family and community to ensure that no-one is left behind. <<


 Evacuate early to higher ground or to a designated shelter. Evacuate early even if you are not sure if a flood will occur. >>
 Do not cross flood-waters. If you are in danger and really have no option but to cross flood-waters, ensure that you use a flotation device such as a raft or boat and seek the assistance of others.
 Be prepared in case you can’t evacuate. Plan where you can safely store emergency items and supplies (including food and water) in a high place such as in the roof of your home. Discuss and plan how everyone will be able to get to these supplies and what assistance will be required.


 If you store emergency items in a high place somewhere near your home, make sure that place can be accessed by all. Use ropes, ladders and working together to ensure that everyone can get to safety. Make a plan in advance.
 Discuss with your family, friends and community what signals you will use to make sure that everyone knows when to evacuate and to make sure that assistance will be provided for those that may need it. <<


 Make sure you and your family and friends are aware of cyclone warnings and of when and how to evacuate. >>
 Make sure everyone is familiar with the route to the nearest shelter or safe location.
 Saving lives is more important than saving your possessions! Evacuate anyone who may need assistance first.

Tips :

 As with other hazards it is essential that everyone knows when to evacuate. Make a family and community plan and use all forms of communication at your disposal to ensure everyone in your community knows when to evacuatee.g. sirens, flags, SMS.
 Ensure everyone in your family and community are familiar with and practice your evacuation plan to ensure no one is left behind.
 When in evacuation shelters ensure everyone is safe and free from any risk of threat or abuse. <<


 Prepare an emergency bag for you and your family. This should include basic supplies including water and dry food; first aid items; clothes including raincoat or poncho; blanket; torch; a radio to check news; spare batteries and copies of important documents. >>
 A whistle should also be included in your emergency bag and can help some people with disability in particular to signal for help.
 Make sure you include sufficient supplies of any prescription medications that may be needed.
 Ensure, all family members, friends and neighbours know of any specific assistance that may be required to evacuate everyone in your community safely.
 Not knowing when to evacuate can be very serious and life threatening. Deaf people may not hear sirens. A person with a vision impairment may not see signals.
 Make sure you discuss with friends, family and neighbours and decide on what cues and signals you will use to ensure that everyone knows when to evacuate.
 Remember, during an evacuation never separate a person with disability from any assistive device they may use.
 Discuss in advance with families, friends and neighbours what you will do. Make a plan and decide on where you will evacuate to and meet. Run through and practice this plan regularly to ensure that everyone can evacuate safely when required to do so.
 Remember, if you are not sure what to do to help, the best person to ask is the person with disability themselves!
 Remember, it is everyone’s responsibility to make sure that no-one is ever left behind! <<

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