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Emergency Preparedness

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:

Step I

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

Step II

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

Step III

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


» 72 Hours DC

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.

» American Red Cross

Type in a zip code on the main page for local information or search the site for a vast array of information.

» DC Emergency Management Agency Main Page

This is the official home page for the DC Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency.

» DC Evacuation Routes

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 alternatives.

» DC Guide

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.

» District Response Plan

The official Response Plan of the District.

» Major Hazards Fact Sheet

Includes information on hazards ranging from winter storms and floods to urban fires and electricity shortages.

» Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Homeland Security and Public Safety

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.

» National Incident Management System

A comprehensive national approach to incident management applicable at all jurisdictional levels.

» National Response Framework

The official Response Framework for the United States.

» Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

A resource for information on substance abuse and mental health, both in times of disaster and non-disaster.