Manual developed to support persons with disabilities at the time of disaster in Hyogo Prefecture

The Support Disability Manual for evacuation guidance of persons with disabilities at the time of a disaster

August 27, 2013

In order to help persons with disabilities for evacuation at the time of a catastrophic disaster, the ward independence support group, consisted of the supporting groups for the person with disability, etc. in Higashinada Ward, Kobe-shi, Hyogo Prefecture, completed the "Support Disability Manual" (A3-sized: 4000 copies), which has been supplied to residents widely.

The manual describes the feature of five kinds of disability (physical disability, hearing loss, visual impairment, intellectual disability, and mental disorder), the point of each disability which should be considered carefully, and support required at the time of a disaster. It has the table and the illustration used abundantly for more intelligibly.

For example, the manual says about a Deaf/deaf person: when he/she is unaware of the situation in an emergency easily,  a hearing person can tell danger by writing or using the gesture before they escape together.

The manual development project was caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 that a close-up of the necessity for support of a person with disability.

Also residents were concerned, asking what kind of support for a person with disability is needed at the time of a disaster.

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