ESF-6/ESF-8 Emergency Shelter Management

This 5-hour training presentation provides detailed information specific to enhanced preparedness in managing a disaster or public health crisis which results in an overwhelming demand for shelter services, including general population shelters offering Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) and community-based medical shelters. Topics include:

  • All-Hazards sheltering
  • Shelter site selection and set up
  • Functional Needs Support Services: guest characteristics, ADA accessibility, support requirements and disability etiquette
  • Shelter wraparound support services
  • Recommended facility management and staffing ratios
  • Volunteer roles and responsibilities
  • Recommended guest management procedures
  • Day-to-day medical shelter operational procedures

This specialized course for community leaders and jurisdictional officials offers the very latest training content specific to the establishment, management and day-to-day operations of both medical and general population shelters, presented in an interactive lecture format that includes multimedia elements. Core concepts that will be covered include FNSS, a comparison of the differing levels of care found in each type of shelter, hazard vulnerability analyses (HVAs), pre-incident stakeholder interaction, emergency shelter capacity development, site selection and assessments, requisite wrap-around support services, operational and logistical supply considerations and staffing recommendations.

A scenario-based table top activity designed to demonstrate shelter set up and configuration utilizing information presented during the lecture rounds out the training.

This session includes spiral-bound classroom handout materials, a laminated Field Operations Guide and a course completion certificate from the BCFS Emergency Management Division.