Acting Head of the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) Hamza Taşdelen stressed during the opening of internationally attended “Case of Emergency and Accessibility to Evacuation Plans and Systems Workshop” that they did not consider accessibility is an issue that only cencerns disabled people and are preparing plans in an effort to respond accessibility requirements. Moreover, good practice examples of AFAD were also shared with participants during the workshop.
The workshop organized by the Ministry of Family and Social Services was held online between June 14 and 15. Among the guests of the workshop were *Acting head of AFAD Hamza Taşdelen, Director General of Services for Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly affiliated to the Ministry of Family and Social Services Orhan Koç*, *Deputy Director Önal İnaltekin* and *UN Disaster Risk Reduction Office Senior Foreign Relations Officer * * Stefanie Dannenmann-Di Palma.* Guests from our country, US, Germany, Czechia, Spain, Italy and Japan attended the sessions.
AFAD which works in an effort to include people with special needs and from disadvantaged groups to disaster management, provided important contribution to the workshop. *Deputy Head of AFAD Taşdelen* inaugurated the workshop and stated that it is important for AFAD to provide accessibility during the cases of emergencies. *AFAD Expert Özüm Dinçer* and *AFAD Eskişehir Provincial Director Recep Bayar* shared accessibility projects and good practices of AFAD with the participants.
* “It is Important for Us to Reach to People with Movement Restriction”*
Explaining AFAD’s accessibility approach during his keynote speech, Taşdelen said, “I would like to state that we do not consider accessibility is an issue that only concerns disabled people. As you know, accessibility is a concept that covers those who are suffering from temporary disability, pregnant women, those who suffer from movement restriction and elderly. Due to this reason, we consider accessibility by thinking of larger groups. We are aware that these people would be affected more during disasters. We prepare plans in an effort to respond to accessibility requirements.”
*Special Disaster Awareness Programs and Projects Responding to Accessibility Requirements *
“We consider the needs of the people who are already disabled and also who might suffer from movement restrictions during disasters. At the local level, we are preparing projects about the special disaster awareness program and projects aiming at responding to accessibility requirements,”
said Taşdelen, “