Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Resources
These resources can help homelessness services systems prepare for disasters and respond and recover after they happen.
- Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resilience: Information and Tools for Homeless Service Providers and Disaster Professionals (VA, HHS, HUD) provides guidance for identifying and collaborating with partners to address disaster response and recovery needs, and it outlines strategies to prepare and minimize service disruption.
- Disaster Response for Homeless Individuals and Families: A Trauma-Informed Approach (HHS) discusses considerations for disaster preparedness with people with past histories of trauma.
- Disaster Recovery Homelessness Toolkit (HUD) helps communities address the needs of people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations through comprehensive disaster planning, response and recovery, and long-term recovery.
- National Center for Homeless Education disaster preparation and response resources includes tools to to help school districts implement the McKinney-Vento Act fully, so they can address the needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness on a daily basis and in times of disaster.
- National Mass Care Strategy (FEMA and American Red Cross) provides resources related to immediate emergency response, including, sheltering, feeding, distributing emergency supplies, reunifying families, providing immediate access to health, and emotional and spiritual health services, and accessing information. The updated Transition to Alternate Sheltering and Housing Solutions Considerations outlines a locally-led, multi-agency approach for transition to alternate sheltering.