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Disaster Planning for Shelters: Guidelines for Staff, Volunteers, and Boards

Disaster planning is not often a priority in battered women’s shelters or transition homes, where your work focuses on daily survival issues. But your shelter is the only home women in crisis have, and it will be directly or indirectly impacted should a major disaster hit your neighborhood.

Working through worst-case scenarios to assess risks, vulnerabilities, and resources will help your program respond when shelter residents need you more than ever. Staff, volunteers, and board members will also benefit as potential disaster victims and as emergency responders to shelter residents and clients.

Disaster Planning for Shelters: Guidelines for Staff, Volunteers, and Boards