October 13, International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is celebrated every year on 13 October. Under the motto "Resilience is for Life," the focus this year is on older people, including their needs and what they contribute to better planning and understanding of disaster risk in their communities. IDDR 2014 intends to to switch on and amplify this critical issue now and for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has organized several activities to celebrate the day, and the World Health Organization is also joining international calls to ensure greater attention is given to the needs, vulnerabilities, and capabilities of older people – before, during, and after emergencies, including natural disasters and other humanitarian crises.

In 2012, the Department of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization prepared the publication Guidelines for Mainstreaming the Needs of Older Persons in Disaster Situations in the Caribbean, that provides an overview of considerations to ensure that older people have the appropriate response to their needs during disasters.

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