The construction crew prepares the adaptation of a local disabled resident's house.
Wheelchairs and other mobility aids make disabled people more resilient.
The “Inclusive Emergency Map” provides ONG with detailed information on local resident disabilities subsequent to individual authorisation.

Progress evaluation: further developments in Peňaflor risk management project

One year after being rewarded with the 2014 RISK Award, ONG Inclusiva from Peňaflor is meeting with great success in the implementation of its project for disabled residents. The introduction of emergency action plans and the use of maps, mobility aids and other tools have improved the risk situation significantly.

The organisation’s main objective is to reduce domestic barriers for disabled people in an emergency situation and so achieve an inclusive community. ONG Inclusiva is proceeding in line with the project's initial principle: “People with disabilities are more vulnerable to disaster because of architectural, cultural and technological barriers. To reduce disaster risks for people with disabilities, all these barriers will be eliminated and every procedure must be inclusive, thus making Peñaflor Town resilient for all”. In March 2015, one year after winning the RISK Award, ONG Inclusiva shows how its work has progressed.

To map and then equip local disabled households, the aid organisation has worked out an action plan. Along with its partner the Peñaflor Government, it is interviewing potential households for the selection of project participants. With the help of architects and physical therapists, not only is the condition of the disabled person's home but also the extent of disability evaluated to provide an individual solution package for each person. The Inclusiva crew is subsequently able to prepare and deliver tailored, personalised mobility aids for the selected participants.

The construction crew of local volunteers is coordinated by ONG Inclusiva. Several homes have already been adapted in line with the emergency plan requirements and have been fitted with such things as emergency exits or special ramps to reduce barriers. A lot more will follow. A storage house has also been built for all the materials and working equipment so that they are available for use at short notice. In addition to home adaptation measures, participants have also been provided with mobility aids such as wheelchairs or walking sticks. “Without technical aids, mobility is severely reduced”, said Carlos Kaiser, Director of ONG, “that is why technical aids are a key part of the project.”

As a supplementary measure, the organisation also provides the inhabitants of Peñaflor town with educational material on the “Inclusive family emergency plan”. This tool helps educate the local residents about sustainable coping strategies in the case of emergencies and in this way also brings the project closer to its goals.

To finalise the project, more new project partners will be involved: further research will be pursued in a new cooperation programme with the UTEM University (Technological Metropolitan University Chile) during which project outcomes will be evaluated and systematised. With additional manpower, the next step will be to extend the risk maps to cover more communities and share the risk management methods with more vulnerable people.
 

NSCH, 22 April 2015

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