A Guide for Local Jurisdictions In Care and Shelter Planning

Topics: Emergency management, Health care, Emergency evacuation Pages: 141 (25925 words) Published: December 2, 2013
A Guide for

Local Jurisdictions

In

Care and Shelter

Planning

Alameda County Operational Area

Emergency Management

Organization

September 2003

A Guide for Local Jurisdictions in

Care and Shelter Planning

September 2003

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. What Is Care and Shelter and Who Provides It? …………….………………….. 4

2. Developing Shelter Sites ………….………………………………...……….………….. 9

3. Organizing A Shelter Operations Team …………………………….…………….. 13

4. Planning to Meet Disaster Shelter Needs …………………….………....………. 17

5. Assisting Persons with Special Needs in Disasters ………………...……….. 30

6. Building Relationships with CBOs to Strengthen

Care and Shelter Operations …………………………………………………….….. 40

7. Setting-up Disaster Service Centers to Meet Other

Care and Shelter Needs ………………………………………………………………. 44

8. Protocols for Opening the Shelter and Laying Out the

Physical Space …..…...…………………………………………………………………… 50

9. Appendices………………………………………………………………….……………….. 54

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Introduction

The following guide is written for city personnel involved in care and shelter operations. It is especially relevant for Care and Shelter Coordinators at the local level. This document is intended for use during the preparedness phase to help guide care and shelter planning. It provides all the planning information and guidelines that are relevant for local government’s consideration before opening disaster shelters. Once shelters are put into operation, the best resource is the American Red Cross Shelter Operations Workbook, which provides specifics on managing shelter operations. Again, this guide is to help local jurisdictions plan for shelter operations, while also providing an overview of the complete scope of care and shelter services. The core planning elements are the first eight sections. Each section introduces a different element of care and shelter planning. Care and shelter personnel can certainly treat the guide as a reference manual and choose from the sections that are applicable to their needs. Half the guide consists of appendices to the first eight sections.

A related document is a six-page Care and Shelter Planning Template designed as an accompaniment to this guide. The Care and Shelter Planning Template lists 20 of the more important action steps for local jurisdictions to take to plan for care and shelter operations. Where appropriate the Care and Shelter Planning Template identifies where to go within this larger planning guide for further information.

Finally, this project was undertaken through the funding and support of the Alameda County Operational Area. Primary participants in the development of this guide include the Alameda County Office of Emergency Service, the Alameda County Social Services Agency, the CARD Project of Alameda County and the American Red Cross. The Care and Shelter project consultant, Rob Stengel, developed the following document.

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Section

What Is Care and Shelter and Who
Provides It?

The function of care and shelter is to provide temporary emergency relief to disaster victims. Providing temporary emergency relief involves a range of emergency human services (e.g., food, shelter, health care, mental health support, etc.).

Legal Requirements for Local Government
California law sets the responsibility for emergency care and shelter at the local level. As per the Health and Safety Code Section 34070 – 34072, local government is to provide or contract with recognized community organizations to make emergency or temporary shelter available for people made homeless by a natural disaster or other emergency. California’s State Emergency Plan and Standardized Emergency Management System puts local government at the first level of response for meeting the disaster needs of people in its jurisdiction. People seeking care and shelter immediately after a...
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