Human Rights Checklist
This checklist is for disaster preparedness, prevention and recovery responses. It is for government agencies and non-governmental organisation to use in developing disaster preparedness, prevention and recovery responses.
Following a disaster, it’s critical that agencies:
- Provide accessible information to everyone about
Recognise that a sense of certainty and feeling in control can speed people’s recovery
Incorporate flexibility into post-disaster policies and processes including the ability to engage with affected people
Recognise that those closest to the impacts of disaster can provide valuable advice on post-disaster practices and solutions
Provide people with the ability to take charge of their own affairs to the greatest extent possible.
Recognise that people’s recovery can be negatively influenced by a variety of factors
Recognise that stress can be exacerbated by the pressures of dealing with bureaucracy
Recognise that people’s stress levels can continue to increase years after the disaster event
Communicate openly and effectively with affected people
Recognise attachment to place is an important identity marker, and displacement can have an impact on recovery
Recognise and factor in numerous financial, emotional and social costs people face when having to move
Provide the opportunity for people to participate in the design, planning, and implementation of the disaster response
Ensure that all recovery activity is guided by legislation and limited to the powers provided therein by Parliament.
- The nature and level of the disaster
- The possible risk mitigation measures
- Assistance, recovery efforts and entitlements
- The reasons how and why decisions are made
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