With Japan, We Prepare Together



Within 48 hours of 2011 disaster in Japan, International Medical Corps had teams on the ground, working hand in hand with local agencies to fill essential gaps and reduce suffering. Today, International Medical Corps and Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) seek to build the capacity of communities and agencies to improve preparations for rescue, relief, and recovery efforts that reflect the needs of the entire population, including those persons with disabilities (PWDs).

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In Japan's 2011 earthquake, the mortality rate of PWDs was more than double than that for the average population. PWDs are especially vulnerable to disasters not only because of their particular needs, but also obstacles in their physical environment; lack of access to information; and society's overall attitude. As Japan reflects on lessons learned, communities are at a critical juncture to ensure that preparation and planning engage and incorporate the concerns and well-being of all people.

How will this project solve this problem?

International Medical Corps and AAR Japan will build the capacity of communities to improve preparations for disaster response that reflect the needs of the entire population, especially PWDs. Specific activities include convening and engaging communities and persons with disabilities in various disaster risk reduction activities; conducting trainings for emergency responders and volunteers; and disaster simulations and drills designed to test and improve preparations and mitigation measures.

Potential Long Term Impact

We will build the capacity of communities to better handle a future disaster and meet the needs of all people, including PWDs. Measures include evacuation plans, early emergency communication systems, and shelter design. The project will train responders and volunteers to operate in disasters, run drills, and raise awareness in communities about the needs of persons with disabilities. Capacity-building efforts will help to save lives, prevent injuries and help communities respond and recover.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $730

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $730 .  The original project funding goal was $100,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

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Project Leader

Erica Tavares

Director, Resource Development
Washington, DC United States

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