At risk population

Make favourite

There are different drivers of exclusion which can be mutually reinforcing. A person’s gender, age, disability, ethnicity, religion or economic status can lead to a pattern of exclusion from society and thereby put them at a disproportionate risk from disaster. During the risk mapping process, the specific risks faced by different groups in a community, must be identified. Ideally by members of the groups themselves.

These are risk, which can affect excluded groups in the community, but are often forgotten in risk assessments:

  • Barriers to mobility, because of inaccessible roads/paths, transportation, shelter or due to restrictive social norms.
  • Loss of assistive devices.  
  • Not being provided with early warning messages in time or in an accessible way.
  • Separation from families, caregivers or personal assistants during evacuation.
  • Limited mobility during disaster due to cultural norms or lack of safe transportation.
  • Lack of access to adequate nutrition, medical services and facilities in shelter, safe spaces or displacement camps.
  • Sexual exploitation and abuse due to lack of protection in shelter or displacement camps.
  • Trafficking for child labor, early and forced marriage, organ trafficking, illegal adoption, sexual exploitation and other forms of trafficking.
  • Lower self-rescue ability, partly determined by learned skills such as swimming and tree climbing.