Special Needs Medical Shelters

Mass Care & Mass Fatality
Online Course
3 hours
University at Albany, SUNY
New York-New Jersey PERLC
Emergency Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations
Mass Care

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This course was written with general information about special medical needs shelters with the intent to introduce learners to the concept of such shelters, as well as educate users on the operational and administrative aspects of such shelters.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the objectives of a Special Medical Needs Shelter (SMNS)
  • List the various types of shelters that may be available during an emergency
  • Identify SMNS admission and exclusion criteria
  • Describe the basic operations of an SMNS
  • Name and describe some of the various functional roles in an SMNS
  • Describe triage and admission processes and criteria
  • Understand some of the health, safety, and special issues you may encounter in an SMNS
  • Understand shelter deactivation and closing procedures
  • Describe the planning process for an SMNS
PHEP Capabilities: 
Mass Care