Emergency Preparedness

The Community Partnership is committed to ensuring that publicly funded shelters and housing programs 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 complete an Emergency Preparedness Plan. The Emergency Preparedness Plan template can be found as a part of the contract deliverables at the following link: 


Connecting with City Resources

The following are pro-active steps that housing providers should utilize RIGHT NOW:

Step I

Shelters and other housing programs should use the following resources to determine which ward, neighborhood cluster, and Advisory Neighborhood Committee (ANC) their programs are located in (refer to the Neighborhood Cluster lister for specific neighborhood names):

Find Your Ward

Find Your Neighborhood Cluster

Find your ANC

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


Additional Helpful Links

» Ready DC

DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) created and manages this site, which provides brochures and flyers, information on how to be aware of emergencies, how to create your emergency preparedness plan, and many other helpful resources you may need and reference while creating your emergency preparedness plan.


HSEMA plans and coordinates DC’s emergency management efforts to ensure DC is prepared to prevent, protect against, respond to, mitigate, and recover from all threats and hazards.

» DC Evacuation Routes

Review this map for DCs evacuation routes and other important information you may need during an evacuation.

» District Response Plan

The official Response Plan of the District.

» National Response Framework

The official Response Framework for the United States.

» 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.

» 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.


Additional Emergency Preparedness Training

Please note this training does not replace the training coordinated by TCP that is required for some housing providers.

» HSEMA Academy

After signing up for an HSEMA Academy account, you will have access to several virtual, on-demand, and in-person trainings facilitated by HSEMA and FEMA.

» FEMA Training

FEMA offers several online, free, self-paced courses on a variety of topics relating to emergency preparedness.