Certain groups of people are much more at risk from the impact of disaster.
- These include people who have problems in physically getting away from the disaster, such as the elderly, the disabled, pregnant women and women with young children.
- It includes people who will find it hard to recover from the impact of a disaster, such as the young or the poor.
- It includes people who for some reason have fewer resources. Maybe their farms are too small to produce extra food to store, they have no animals or a family member has died recently.
- Groups which are excluded from the community because of racial, tribal or caste differences may have no opportunity to share resources and support during and following a disaster.