A situation of risk and humanitarian emergencies increases hardships for all people. Such situations lead to people acquiring disabilities. It also leads to a manifold negative impact on people who already have disabilities, as their support systems become uncertain or may completely disappear due to death or trauma faced by caregivers, or loss of assistive devices, or services. Thus there is an increase in their vulnerability during and after any crisis situation. They may not have adequate resources themselves to tide them over crisis or in poor families they may face neglect due to inadequate resources. They may not have access to information about crisis situations in appropriate formats available to the general public. They may not have the support required for moving away from situations of threats and conflicts, when populations migrate to avoid crises. Emergency intervention should not compromise right to life and liberty for PDs, but should be life enhancing First time disability diagnosis during and in the aftermath of emergencies must be multipronged, and sensitive.
Persons with disabilities needs, in crisis situations will have to be thought through the entire intervention process from the beginning of planning, assessing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation all programs.
Rights of persons with disabilities in all interventions like shelter, water and sanitation, food distribution, health activities, education, need to be addressed. Safety, aid and support must be ensured on equal basis with others. Medical emergency services which are disability sensitive good practice guidelines for medical emergencies in times of upheavals must be established
Domestic agencies need to ensure that international agencies involved in interventions are also adhering to guidelines ensuring rights of persons with disabilities.