Events such as hurricane Katrina and the East Asian tsunami highlight the effects of excluding people with disabilities from emergency preparedness and responses. The CRPD covers “Situations of risk and humanitarian emergencies” (Article 11) and requires that “all necessary measures to ensure the protection and safety of persons with disabilities in situations of risk, including situations of armed conflict, humanitarian emergencies and the occurrence of natural disasters” be taken. People with disabilities should be included in emergency preparedness and management. Reconstruction following humanitarian emergences and conflict provides an opportunity for inclusive development.
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