Response Guide for Local Jurisdictions: Addressing People Experiencing Homelessness in the Disaster Response Effort [open pdf - 878KB]
Alternate Title: Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit: Response Guide for Local Jurisdictions: Addressing People Experiencing Homelessness in the Disaster Response Effort
From the Document: "The consequences of disasters for homeless and other vulnerable people are severe. People who lack shelter are already in crisis, and a disaster can multiply their difficulties while adversely affecting their ability to cope. If the emergency response system is not ready to serve them, the response changes from efficient support to inefficient - and in some cases, harmful - crisis management. If evacuation plans do not reach people experiencing homelessness, emergency responders will spend unnecessary time in remedial searches for them. If disaster plans do not account for existing emergency shelters, those populations will have to be housed by disaster shelters. If disaster shelters have untrained staff and turn away people with mental health issues, they can force a full blown mental health crisis, with attendant demands on the medical response system."
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