The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) held a workshop for persons with disabilities in Vieux-Fort, on November 28, 2019.
The workshop was held under the theme: “Inclusion of persons with disabilities in disasters”.
“We want to ensure that no one is left behind in a disaster. We want the participants to know what to do so they will become more independent,” said Maria Medard, Deputy Director of NEMO.
She said they are looking at putting in place an evacuation plan so in cases of disasters disabled persons will know where to go, where the shelters are, what they should carry and which individual or committees they should contact for certain information.
She said their major concern at the moment is that they are not adequately prepared to cater for persons with disabilities in time of disasters.