Human Rights Checklist

Human Rights Checklist for disaster preparedness, prevention, and recovery responses

March 30, 2020


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:

  1. Provide accessible information to everyone about
    • 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
  2. Recognise that a sense of certainty and feeling in control can speed people’s recovery
  3. Incorporate flexibility into post-disaster policies and processes including the ability to engage with affected people
  4. Recognise that those closest to the impacts of disaster can provide valuable advice on post-disaster practices and solutions
  5. Provide people with the ability to take charge of their own affairs to the greatest extent possible.
  6. Recognise that people’s recovery can be negatively influenced by a variety of factors
  7. Recognise that stress can be exacerbated by the pressures of dealing with bureaucracy
  8. Recognise that people’s stress levels can continue to increase years after the disaster event
  9. Communicate openly and effectively with affected people
  10. Recognise attachment to place is an important identity marker, and displacement can have an impact on recovery
  11. Recognise and factor in numerous financial, emotional and social costs people face when having to move
  12. Provide the opportunity for people to participate in the design, planning, and implementation of the disaster response
  13. Ensure that all recovery activity is guided by legislation and limited to the powers provided therein by Parliament.

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