In a situation of risk, is the state’s early warning system accessible to all persons with disabilities?
Systems that could be in place include: city lights, SMS-services, email services etc. But any existing system should not be limited to either radio or public address systems/sirens – in line with the two-sense principle. “Situation of risk” includes situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and the occurrence of natural disasters.
A significant proportion of respondents (63%) claimed there are no emergency early warning system in place for persons with disabilities. The main barriers observed were:
- Inadequate systems for hard of hearing or people with intellectual disabilities
- Only certain buildings such as public buildings have facilities adapted to people with disabilities
- There is an overall lack of training among emergency workers to support people with disabilities
- Only some authorities,often at the regional level are involved in contributing to making early emergency warning systems accessible for people with disabilities. Respondents generally observed that there is an overall lack of government support in including this dimension into the design of early warning systems, leading DPOs and NGOs to fill the gap in addressing the issue.