Collaboration to improve evacuation centre operations in disaster-affected communities

Somasundaram, Tania & Davies, Belinda (2013) Collaboration to improve evacuation centre operations in disaster-affected communities. In 9th Annual International Conference of the International Institute for Infrastructure Renewal and Reconstruction, Risk-informed Disaster Management: Planning for Response, Recovery and Resilience, 8-10 July 2013, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD. (Unpublished)


Emergency sheltering is a temporary source of safety and support for people affected by disasters. People access emergency sheltering just prior to or soon after a disaster; therefore they are often scared, stressed, and/or experiencing loss/grief. The gathering of people in shelters also increases several environmental health risks. Therefore ensuring emergency shelters contain adequate facilities (permanent or temporary) and are well managed is essential in providing immediate support to disaster-affected communities and providing a level of assurance that the agencies involved are capable of supporting them through the recovery process.

This paper will be presented by representatives of Australian Red Cross and Environmental Health Australia (Queensland), which both have an interest in emergency sheltering in Queensland. The paper will cover the development, content and application of the ‘Preferred Sheltering Practices for Emergency Sheltering in Australia’ and the roles of various organisations in relation to emergency sheltering. The importance of or- ganisational collaboration will also be discussed, with a focus on the experience of the two organisations fol- lowing the 2011 floods in Queensland and how they are collaborating to improve future operations in evacu- ation centres, which are a common form of emergency sheltering in Queensland. The organisations are con- tinuing to work together with the ultimate goal of improving services to disaster-affected communities and supporting such communities to start the recovery process.

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ID Code: 76149
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: CEDM, evacuation centre, emergency sheltering, disaster response
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 14 Sep 2014 22:16
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 20:09

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