In many communities, distribution committees are formed to be responsible to plan for inclusive emergency distributions in case of disaster, recognizing the needs and requirements of all people in the community for lifesaving and life sustaining goods, supplies and products.
An inclusive, accessible emergency relief distribution:
- Is planned together with representative organisations or individuals of different at-risk groups in the community.
- Is based on disaggregated population data and inclusive needs assessments.
- Targets the most-affected, most-at-risk households in the affected communities.
- Is announced to everyone in the community, using multiple, accessible channels, such as mobile phone service, megaphone/loudspeaker announcement, radio, Braille print, community meetings, and via community-based organisations.
- Is implemented at accessible, safe and reachable distribution points. Access to the site should be flat and cleared of obstacles and well-signed.
- Provides urgent live-saving items needed by persons from different at-risk groups (including medicine, food for persons with specific dietary needs, extra blankets for older persons, persons with disabilities and bed-ridden persons etc.). Consult with people from at-risk group beforehand to stockpile emergency relief supplies.
- Includes transportation from distribution points to people’s homes, for those with mobility limitations or other difficulties carrying the items over longer distances.
- Provides chairs, shade and priority lanes for older persons, persons with disabilities, pregnant women and others who have difficulties waiting in line for longer times.
- Provides accessible latrines and water for people who wait.
- Depending on the site, a guiding string or rope could connect the site and the latrines for orientation for blind persons and persons with visual impairments.
- All drills and exercises should include women, persons with disabilities, children, older persons and other people with diverse backgrounds in planning and implementation.