Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR) means making sure that the needs and voices of people with disability are included in emergency management and disaster planning.

QDN is leading and working in partnership with others on projects that are focused on helping people with disability make a plan for a disaster or emergency.

We are working with the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney, Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), and the Queensland Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy. As part of this work, we have developed a range of resources, co-designed with people with disability. People with disability are making their own plans in case disaster strikes.

These resources are helping community and disability service providers, emergency services and local disaster management to make sure they include the needs of people with disability in their planning, preparedness, and recovery from disasters and emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“I used the Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness capability wheel to prioritise my support needs in emergencies. Making a plan has made me more mentally prepared for what I will do in a disaster.” QDN Member

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