Publishing Organisation:Camilla Fronio, Olga Nardini (UNIFI), Nathan Clark, Tejal Patil (VU)
Primary Target Country:Europe
Audience experience level
Disaster Management Phase
POLICY BRIEF - Accessibility for all
This Policy Brief provides different definitions of accessibility
- Accessibility should be regarded
- in physical terms (i.e. material accessibility; physical and sensory accessibility),
- in cultural terms (i.e. cultural accessibility);
- as well as the access to the relief system (i.e. relief accessibility).
Disaster management organisations and policy makers continue to deal with several challenges when it comes to communicate with diverse groups, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, in times of crisis.
Targeting accessibility issues is important in all phases of the emergency cycle, i.e. before, during, and after an hazard.
People with vulnerable profiles can face many challenges that prevent them from reaching the relief system and receving/sharing information. Their eventual isolation, both physical and digital, could exacerbate their exposure to risk as well as negatively affect their risk perception.
Henceforth, crisis communication messages should be specifically crafted according to people's diverse needs and skills.