Deliverable D6.3 "Report on cultural issues as provided for within select European states and their relevance in disaster situations" (page 36)
In practice, there are varying mechanisms to protect minorities in disaster situations. These include ensuring that minorities receive disaster information and messages in languages they understand; consulting and collaborating with them in disaster planning and execution; putting in place mechanisms that protect them from discrimination; as well as considering their specific needs such as allowance for religious and ritual practices; keeping them together if they so wish in order to maintain their cultural identity and heritage, among others. Moreover, it is always important to put in place mechanisms to check marginalisation or discrimination against minorities on cultural grounds.
Cultural Factors: Customs/traditions/rituals, Rule of law, Social exclusion
Hazards: Natural hazards, Man-made non-intentional hazards or emergency situations
Disaster Phases: Response, Preparedness
Types of Actors Concerned: National civil protection body