The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is vulnerable to numerous threats and hazards that may require residents to seek shelter services. Impacts from snowstorms, tornadoes, heat waves, flooding, power outages, and fires have resulted in shelter operations in the Commonwealth in recent years.
Sheltering in Massachusetts starts at the local level and is driven by local needs. Local emergency responders provide a range of mass care and shelter services to residents depending on the needs of the community and the type of hazard or threat. Trained volunteer shelter workers are critical to this operation.
To enhance the overall mass care and sheltering capabilities of the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has offered to host this course on Martha's Vineyard,
Description: Basic Sheltering Concepts is a high-level interactive course that introduces students to basic shelter operations. The course is divided into 5 modules and covers: what a shelter is, types of shelters, roles and responsibilities in shelter operations, and guidelines for setting up, running, and closing a shelter during a disaster.
•To describe types of shelters and why a community or region may open one
•To identify personal considerations before deployment
•To explain shelter service areas and the process for opening a shelter
•To describe potential challenges in shelter service areas
•To assess client interactions from past scenarios and brainstorm solutions
•To describe the process to close a shelter
Date(s) Tue. Oct 03, 2017 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Location Oak Bluffs Fire & EMS
6 Fire House Lane, Oak Bluffs MA 02557
Call your local EMD for more information. Click the link above to register.