Friday, August 30, 2013

Disaster Risk Management to turn it's attention to people with special needs

Imogen Vollenhoven
30 August 2013

The City of Cape Town on Thursday said it will be turning its attention to people with special needs. 

This as the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction said there needs to be more focus on people with special needs. 

The City of Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Centre is busy conducting an audit of all organisations that work with people living with special needs.

Disaster Risk Management Centre’s Public Awareness and Preparedness Head Charlotte Powell said persons living with disabilities are amongst the most excluded in society and their plight is magnified when a disaster strikes.

She added the City’s Disaster Risk Management centre is conducting an audit of organisations that work with people living with special needs.

“The subjected of this audit is to ensure that these organisations have developed preparedness plans to deal with various disasters and also to prepare them when any emergency strikes,” said Powell. 

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