Issues experienced by disabled people following the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake series : evidence based analysis to inform future planning and best practice guidelines for better emergency preparedness

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Phibbs, S.R.; Woodbury, E.; Williamson, K.J.; Good, G.A. 2012 Issues experienced by disabled people following the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake series : evidence based analysis to inform future planning and best practice guidelines for better emergency preparedness. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2012/40 53 p.

Abstract: This research project identifies issues experienced by the disabled community in the Canterbury earthquake series. This research will inform future guidelines and assist emergency planners to better protect and serve the disabled community. This research report will be made available to the National Welfare Coordination Group and partner agencies, including the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management (MCDEM). This report is based on the results of a quantitative survey and on interviews with 23 disabled people about their experiences during and after the 2010 and 2011 greater Christchurch earthquakes. While there are many significant ways in which the earthquakes affected the people interviewed, this report focuses on areas of their lives where they were further disabled by the earthquakes and which could be ameliorated by further planning, investment, or by attitudinal changes. This report discusses the preparedness of individuals, the preparedness and responsiveness of communities, organisations, and welfare centres. Consideration of key areas of concern for the people interviewed is provided, including access to information, housing, mobility and transport, and health during and after the earthquakes. Additionally, coping strategies and resilience are discussed, along with suggested strategies for effective planning for disabled people in disasters and civil emergencies. (auth)