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IS-406: Operating a Shelter

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Course Overview

This 5-hour independent study course will support state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments, as well as community and faith-based, non-profit, and private sector partners to increase readiness for shelter site management and congregate shelter operations and to provide best practices and common methodology.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the seven different roles involved in operating shelters.
  • Explain the resources available to support shelter operations.
  • Describe the functions necessary to operate a shelter.
  • Use the Shelter Field Guide to open, operate, and close a shelter.
  • Articulate potential challenges involved with operating a shelter.

Primary Audience

SLTT Mass Care, Public Health and Medical Services, and Agricultural and Natural Resources emergency managers, community and faith-based individuals and organizations, and private sector partners tasked with working in an emergency shelter.


Recommended: IS-405 Mass Care Emergency Assistance Overview



Course Length:

5 hours
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  • Test questions are scrambled to protect test integrity
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