The Community Partnership is committed to ensuring that publicly funded shelters in the District of Columbia are prepared to respond to disasters and are aware of local resources to assist our neighbors experiencing homelessness. The Partnership is engaging multiple stakeholders within homeless service agencies, as well as the District's Emergency Operation Center (EOC), in training and resource development.
All Community Partnership contractors must fill out an emergency form for every shelter or housing program. The form can be found as a part of the contract deliverables at the following link:
Please submit your completed emergency contact form to Charlene Traylor or Candyce Coates.
Connecting with City Resources
Determine where your shelter is located and the neighborhood plan associated with its location.
The following are pro-active steps that shelters should utilize RIGHT NOW:
Shelters should use the citizen atlas to determine which neighborhood cluster their programs are located in (refer to Neighborhood cluster list for specific neighborhood names):
Find Your Neighborhood Cluster
Determine which key staff members at each of your program sites should receive neighborhood alerts and then sign-up for the alerts:
Sign-Up For Alerts
Read over the appropriate community plans for the neighborhood(s) your programs are associated with and share these plans with key personnel in your programs:
Get your Community Plan
Additional Helpful Links
This site provides information and links to topics such as: How to make
an individualized emergency preparedness plan; what to do in the face of
a disaster; evacuation routes; and preparedness courses.
Type in a zip code on the main page for local information or search the site for a vast array of information.
This is the official home page for the DC Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency.
There are 19 primary evacuation routes out of the District. Type in an
address and get a map and driving directions on evacuation options and
There are eight Wards, 37 Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC), and
39 Neighborhood Clusters: Find the Ward, ANC, and Cluster where you
live, work, or go to school.
The official Response Plan of the District.
Includes information on hazards ranging from winter storms and floods to urban fires and electricity shortages.
Learn about the National Capital Region Preparedness Council and the
Regional Communication Incident Coordination System, a 24 hour, 7 day a
week operation that facilitates rapid communication between Regional
Officials during a disaster.
A comprehensive national approach to incident management applicable at all jurisdictional levels.
The official Response Framework for the United States.
A resource for information on substance abuse and mental health, both in times of disaster and non-disaster.