20 October, 2020

Disaster evacuation shelters in the context of COVID-19

As a consultant to the World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Western Pacific, I led the development of technical guidance regarding disaster evacuation shelters in the context of COVID-19.

The Western Pacific is the world’s most disaster-prone region. When a disaster occurs, people may need to seek accommodation in a disaster evacuation shelter. However, it may be difficult for people in a disaster evacuation shelter to avoid confined and enclosed spaces with poor ventilation; crowded places with many people nearby; and close-contact settings, such as close-range conversations. This document outlines key considerations and strategies that should be considered for the establishment of a disaster evacuation shelter in the context of COVID-19. In particular, considerations and strategies are outlined for the preparedness, response, and recovery phases of disasters.


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