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Survey of the International Day for Disaster Reduction
Posted by SDIM / Aug   22, 2014 / News
The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) has been celebrated on October 13 of every year, since 1989. This has been a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. As part of the IDDR celebration, a four year "Step-Up" campaign with focus on speific themes have been initiated since 2011. 2014 will be the final year in the four-year “Step-Up” Campaign on IDDR, which raises awareness and advocates for inclusive disaster risk reduction, each year focusing on the role of important actors such as – Children and Young People (2011), Women and Girls (2012), People living with Disability (2013) and Older Persons (2014). The vital need to acknowledge them as a resource for resilience and ensure their equal participation in resilience building needs to be recognized.

As part of the activities leading to the International Day for Disaster Reduction celebrations in October, UNISDR and HelpAge are organizing a survey of both older persons and governments on issues related to ageing and DRR. We are inviting government disaster management personnel, other agencies and any one working in emergencies and disaster risk reduction or with an interest in the topic to complete this survey on their perception of older people in disaster risk reduction. This information will be very important to understand older people are perceived and their needs and contributions understood in disasters, and it will inform the messaging for the International Day for Disaster Risk on 13 October 2014.

The survey is avaible online at the link below. Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience before the 31 August 2014 (it will take 15-20 min of your time to complete the survey) : 1. Survey for Older Persons in Potential Disaster Areas: 2. Survey on Perceptions on Older Persons in Potential Disaster Areas :

If for any reason you are unable to use the online survey then you may fill up the attached offline form in microsoft word format and send it to : before 31 August 2014 (we would encourage online completion of survey, if possible)