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(This is part 1 of a 2 part tool, please download part 2 from the toolbox as well)
an emergency, facilities such as schools, churches, or meeting halls may
needed to use as shelters, cooling/heating centers, government-operated
mass prophylaxis distribution. Establishing
these sites requires a multi-agency response.
Though the CDC developed a Shelter Assessment Tool to rapidly assess
shelter facilities for use DURING an emergency or disaster, in October
Stanislaus County Public Health (PH) implemented a collaborative
evaluate sites PRIOR to a disaster as possible locations.
project proposed a three-pronged collaborative effort with American Red
Community Services Agency, Animal Services, Department of Environmental
Resources, Office of Education, Office of Emergency Services (OES) and
evaluate sites as possible locations for use in an emergency. This
effort provides a systematic approach to
facility evaluations that addresses participating agency needs;
maximizes efficiencies with non-duplication of effort; furnishes
information and access; and enhances partnerships and collaboration.
evaluations consisted of completing the tool, taking digital photos,
satellite pictures, and drawing schematics to reflect location of doors,
outlets, etc. The tool was converted
into a form-fill PDF with drop-down boxes and all evaluations were data
entered. The schematics were electronically
captured utilizing Visio. The OES
provided access to ETEAM, a web-based emergency management data system,
site information was entered. The
completed PDF assessment, digital photos, satellite picture, and
were "attached" to the facility record.