Category Archives: Sheltering

VEMEC releases new toolkit for homeless service providers and disaster professionals

Veterans Emergency Management Evaluation Center (VEMEC) is pleased to present a new toolkit entitled Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resilience Information and Tools for Homeless Service Providers and Disaster Professionals. The toolkit documents can be found on-line at Many thanks to the VA National Center on Homelessness among Veterans for providing them a home for this work.

Individuals and families experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable members of our society. They become even more vulnerable during natural disasters or public health emergencies, particularly if homeless service organizations are damaged or unavailable. Enhancing preparedness and continuity planning for healthcare providers and homeless service providers can assist in reducing potential disruption of services. The toolkit provides guidance for identifying and collaborating with partners to address disaster response and recovery needs of homeless individuals. It outlines strategies to engage in preparedness and minimize service disruption from a disaster. Furthermore, it specifies how to enhance the capacity of healthcare settings with providers experienced in serving people who are homeless, and provide expanded care following a disaster or public health emergency.


American Red Cross releases new shelter doctrine

The American Red Cross

Link to American Red Cross Shelter Forms

Red Cross provides congregate sheltering services to meet the immediate housing needs of individuals and communities directly impacted by disaster.  Few activities are more central to the core mission of the Red Cross than sheltering those impacted by disaster. Shelters provide a safe and secure place for individuals and families to stay during and after a disaster and the Red Cross brand is widely recognized as a symbol of refuge. 

Multiple agencies manage shelters during a disaster, including Red Cross.  Other agencies may be managing a shelter in cooperation with Red Cross, with or without receiving Red Cross support, or they may be managing a shelter completely independently.   Partner Managed Shelters are managed by partners, following Red Cross principles, in cooperation with the Red Cross.

The shelter materials posted here by the Red Cross are available for use by any agency managing a shelter.