Disaster Planning Toolkit for Homeless Veterans and their Community Providers
The goal of this session is to provide public health emergency planners and service providers with practical guidance, solutions and tangible resources to help them improve efforts during disasters to assist individuals experiencing homelessness. Presenters will focus on three areas: 1) Communication and coordination; 2) Technical assistance for community-based homeless service providers; and 3) Guidance for clinical health providers on homeless disaster care. Partnering with community service providers is essential to achieving a Whole Community approach to resilience. Results of informal interviews with experts from communities nationwide include best practices, lessons learned, and recommendations from prior efforts to improve disaster preparedness and response.
Learning Areas:Social and behavioral sciences
Describe key concerns and potential interventions to enhance emergency coordination between public health emergency managers and non-profit homeless service providers. Identify gaps and needs to address nonprofit homeless organizations’ capabilities for continuity of operations in times of disaster. List factors that influence nonprofit organizations’ preparedness decisions including challenges to prioritizing preparedness; funding considerations; and the need to maintain services to vulnerable populations during disaster. Indicate mechanisms for local public health agencies and healthcare providers to develop capacity-building collaborations with community-based organizations
Keyword(s): Homelessness, Emergency Preparedness
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I lead a research study on disaster preparedness in Los Angeles County homeless shelters. In addition, I chair a national workgroup convened to develop a disaster preparedness and coordination toolkit for homeless service providers.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.