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Shelter Surveillance in Emergency Shelters

shelter bedsConducting health surveillance during a large-scale incident or disaster provides essential information on the health of residents and situational awareness for emergency management and public health professionals. During the activation of an emergency shelter, health surveillance monitors the health of the population in the shelters by monitoring for outbreaks, injuries, and the need for resources for behavioral health and chronic disease management. Forms developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Red Cross and guidance from the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology were adapted and used as the foundation for developing the guidance for conducting health surveillance in shelters in New Hampshire. The guidance also includes resources for infection prevention and control in shelters. Training is currently available for volunteer organizations such as the Medical Reserve Corps that work at emergency shelters. See the training flyer below.

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Shelter Surveillance Resources

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