Search and Rescue

Make favourite

To prepare for inclusive search an rescue:

  • Make sure people from women, older persons and persons with disabilities are represented in search and Rescue sub-committees.

  • Share information from inclusive Hazard, Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (HVCA) and preparedness plans regarding location of persons with disabilities and older persons, their needs and capacities (incl. use of assistive devices), with search and rescue task forces/first responders (police, fire fighters, civil protection units etc.).

  • Include stretchers, wheelchairs and crutches in equipment stocks and train task forces/first responder in their use.

  • Ensure that search and rescue assets (ambulance, boats, etc.) are accessible. Retrofit vehicles with ramps where necessary.

  • Train task force members/first responders how to provide search and rescue and first aid techniques to suit women and men with different types of impairments, incl. knowledge of appropriate carrying techniques that do not cause discomfort or further injury.

  • Plan for different levels of support, distinguishing between those who can self-evacuate; those who needs some assistance and those who require complete support.

  • Build communication skills of task force members and ask them to talk with persons with disabilities and older persons during preparedness phase and in event analysis to understand specific assistance needs.

In the event of disaster:

  • Do not separate people from their assistive device (if they have one) and their care-giver, so they can maintain their mobility in the post-disaster phase.

  • Only transfer persons with disabilities or older persons to healthcare facilities if they are injured, not by default. If the person is not able to communicate their medical requirements, involve family member or care-giver in assessing their health needs before taking action.