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Title: American Red Cross

Disaster Shelters
American Red Cross
  • When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red
    Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental
    health services to address basic human needs.
  • In addition to these services, Red Cross
    provides the community with disaster education to
    help prevent, prepare for and respond to

American Red Cross Shelter Role
  • Shelters and feeding operations are
  • opened and managed in cooperation with your
  • local Department of Social Services and Office
  • Emergency Management and are supported by
  • many community partners.
  • Shelters may be
  • managed by Red Cross,
  • managed jointly by Red Cross, the local
  • jurisdiction and/or other organization
  • supported by Red Cross, or
  • managed without Red Cross assistance

Shelter Preparedness
  • American Red Cross chapters are required to
  • Pre-identify
  • possible shelter
  • locations
  • Pre-plan for opening
  • possible shelters

Shelter PreparednessAssess Pre-selected Shelter
  • Selection Criteria
  • Location and access during potential disasters
  • Safe/Secure environment (utilities, physical
  • Willingness and ability of facility
  • Recommendation of Emergency Management

Shelter PreparednessAssess Pre-selected Shelter
  • Survey Shelters
  • Shelter Agreements

Shelter PreparednessEstablish Peripheral Support
  • When to Open/Notify Public
  • Staffing
  • Establish position descriptions
  • Pre-train volunteers
  • Reporting Procedures
  • Intra-shelter Communications
  • Working with Other Activity Groups
  • Shelter Safety and Security
  • Food Service Support (inside/central/partner/mobil
  • Childcare and Recreation

Shelter Overview
  • A shelter may be opened when
  • A disaster affects a large number of people
  • The emergency is expected to last at least
    several days
  • People are unable to stay in their homes due to
    the disaster

Shelter Overview
  • There are primarily two types of Shelters
  • Evacuation Shelters
  • Disaster (Residential) Shelters
  • Other sheltering
  • Hotels/Motels
  • Shelter in Place

Shelter Overview
  • Minimum Services
  • Provided at a Red Cross
  • Evacuation Shelter
  • Temporary Shelter
  • Snacks
  • Basic First Aid

Shelter Overview
  • Minimum Services
  • Provided at a Red Cross
  • Disaster (Residential)
  • Shelter
  • Shelter w/sleeping Facilities
  • Food (Meals Snacks)
  • Basic First Aid
  • Disaster Mental Health

Shelter Overview
  • If you need to Evacuate to a Shelter
  • Take a Disaster Supplies Kit important
  • Take supplies and toys for children
  • Take medication and any special dietary needs
  • Contact someone outside the disaster area and let
    them know your
  • plans and destination
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes
  • Lock your home
  • Try to car pool if possible
  • Use the specified travel routes. Dont take
    shortcuts they may be

Shelter Overview
  • You may be told to
  • Shelter in Place
  • Stay where you are
  • Make yourself as safe as possible until the
    emergency passes or you are told to evacuate.

Shelter Overview
  • If you are told to Shelter in Place, you
  • may also be told to
  • Close all windows
  • Turn off all fans, heating, and air conditioning
  • Close the fireplace damper
  • Go to an above-ground room (not the basement)
    with the fewest windows and doors.
  • Wet towels and stuff them under the door. Tape
    around doors, windows, exhaust fans or vents
  • Use plastic garbage bags to cover windows,
    outlets and heat registers.

Shelter Overview
  • Shelter in Place
  • If you are told there is danger of an explosion,
    close the window shades, blinds or curtains. To
    avoid injury, stay away from the windows go to a
    room furthest from the source of the explosion
    (with the least number of windows).
  • Stay in the room and listen to your radio or TV
    until you are told all is safe or you are told to

Shelter Overview
  • Summary and Reminders
  • Take responsibility by planning now! (Assemble a
    Disaster Supplies Kit get a Weather Radio)
  • Listen for information on radio and TV about
    hazardous weather and other events.
  • Heed the advice of local officials. Leave right
    away if told to do so!
  • Gather essential supplies. Be sure to keep a
    copy of your prescriptions (including eye
    glasses) and other important papers (family
    insurance documents) to take with you if you have
    to leave your home.

Shelter Overview
  • Sheltering in your community is a
  • success through partnership
  • Your local government
  • Your local community
  • Your Red Cross Chapter
  • And YOU!