Geography and Landscape

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Key inclusion considerations when mapping geography and landscape for hazards:

  • Keep in mind that existing geography and design of landscaping may include number of physical barriers (e.g., steep inclines, stairs, protrusions, uneven paths, ornamental or decorative obstacles, etc.) that could pose threat to persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility, especially in emergencies (for example, while trying to safely evacuate).
  • Signage, maps and auditory information that are available only in single format not taking into account specific requirements of persons with different types of disabilities (e.g., persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, persons who are blind, or persons with psychosocial disabilities) may create barriers and prevent them from accessing timely lifesaving information.
  • Consider that areas prone to landslide hazards may specifically affect persons with mobility limitations in an emergency and may make their timely and safe evacuation difficult due to inaccessible pathways. Same applies to the individual houses and public infrastructure built in proximity of rivers, volcanoes and on hilly tops.
  • Ask persons with reduced mobility, with physical and other types of disabilities for example, through a transect walk to identify ways in which the existing geography and landscape are not accessible and the changes they would like to see for removing the barriers and making the environment safer in case of emergency.