Barton Dunant has created a Reception Center/Shelter Table Top Exercise for government and non-government groups to use for planning for congregate care sheltering in the “new” normal of a Post-COVID-19 world. Things have changed dramatically in mass care, thanks to the pandemic. Many of the standard protocols for sheltering (including reception centers, warming/cooling centers, etc.) are no longer applicable or need significant modifications, along with additional staff training and equipment. COVID-19’s impacts on Sheltering, requires a re-analysis of POETE – Planning, Organization, Equipment, Training and Exercising. Once a jurisdiction re-evaluates its Planning and Organization of congregate care sheltering and identifies and implements additional equipment and training; it is highly prudent to make sure everyone (and everything) is on the same page by conducting a series of exercises – before the need for sheltering comes calling.
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See LinkedIn article on POETE at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/whats-next-recognizing-mitigating-against-covid-19-prasad-cem-