Some people are more at risk when emergencies and disasters strike; some are frequently and mistakenly overlooked under current emergency management arrangements. Ensuring those persons most at risk become, and remain, an integral part of any emergency management arrangement requires a collaborative effort between emergency managers, service providers, carers and the community to address a myriad of complex issues in building safer and more resilient communities.
That said, people with disability are not always at risk or at greater risk in an emergency. If their impairment or limitation needs are met, they are not more disadvantaged. People with disability may be self-sufficient in their residence or community (neighbourhood or social community). However, the impacts of disabilities may be more pronounced in times of emergency if a person’s enablers (aids and equipment, personal care support, neighbourhood or social community) are unavailable.