Empowering Persons with Disabilities though Effective Disaster Management


EU-Programme: Erasmus+, KA2, Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education
Coordination: GOI (Turkey)

Duration: November 2020 – February 2023



During the last decades, natural disasters caused by different factors pose a serious threat to life, property, and infrastructure in ways of material damage, economic losses, casualties and emotional well-being of humans for many parts of Europe.

The natural disasters have disproportionate effects on people with disabilities like blind, deaf, persons with reduced mobility and their family caregivers.

Within the given context, EMPOWER project aims to empower people with disabilities through effective disaster management; raise awareness of persons with disabilities and their caregivers about the increasing risks of disasters; to make PwDs and their caregivers better prepared for natural disasters through training contents and accessible learning materials on the accessible learning hub; support the caregivers in the disaster management processes; increase the knowledge and awareness of authorities and policy makers responsible for disability and disasters, volunteers in civil protection and professionals working with PwDs; to build a culture of disability and disasters in community-at-large; to mainstream disability into disaster management cycle.

The following project outputs will be developed to achieve the foreseen results by focusing on “earthquakes, fires, floods, and pandemics”.

IO1 European Reference Framework on Effective Disaster Management for Caregivers.

IO2 Training Content on Effective Disaster Management For Caregivers of Persons with Disabilities.

IO3 Accessible Learning Hub with Accessible Learning Materials for Persons with Hearing and Vision Impairments.

IO4 Disability-Inclusive Disaster Management Reference Handbook.

Project Nº 2020-1-TR01-KA204-094078

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.