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Dr. Ravi Chand
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Shelters (Overview)

Shelters are places that vulnerable populations can live in temporarily.


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Are homeless shelters sanitary, or do they spread disease?

Are homeless shelters sanitary, or do they spread disease?

Most are sanitary: Shelters work to prevent spread of communicable diseases, maintain clean and healthful facilities and there are both state and federal regulations regarding the health and safety standards and food and nutrituon regulations. Providence for disease control, hand washing, food handling, injury and burn prevention, staff and client health vary by site, but generally exist to maintain sanitization. ...Read more

Dr. Ravi Chand
18 doctors shared insights

Shelters (Overview)

Shelters are places that vulnerable populations can live in temporarily.


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Should people that cook and serve food in homeless shelters wear hairnets?

Should people that cook and serve food in homeless shelters wear hairnets?

Good idea: The same sanitary precautions that apply to persons cooking and serving food in any setting should apply to the service in homeless shelters. ...Read more

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I have to stay in a shelter with lots of people. If someone has Zika, are we all going to catch it?

I have to stay in a shelter with lots of people. If someone has Zika, are we all going to catch it?

No: The Zika virus is only spread through mosquito bites or sex with an infected person. If you wear long sleeves, long pants you can reduce risk of mosquito bites. Most adults only have mild symptoms if they contract Zika (fever, rash, joint pains) and recover without any side effects. ...Read more

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Some cousins live in tornado alley. What can they do to reassure their kids they will be ok while taking shelter during tornado warning?

Some cousins live in tornado alley. What can they do to reassure their kids they will be ok while taking shelter during tornado warning?

Have a routine: Have "practice runs" to the shelter so it is more routine and "matter of fact" for the kids. Also have them have a favorite toy and games down there so it is not so intimidating. ...Read more

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Where should I go for shelter if driving and tornado warning?

Out of car: And into a ditch or into somebody's home where they will let you share their basement. Best not to be around structures which may be swept away by the winds or which may break up and throw materials at you. ...Read more

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If I don't have a nuclear fallout shelter, what should I do?

Basement: Basement: Find the corner that is most below ground level. One-story home / condo / apartment: If no underground facility, find a spot in center of home away from windows.Trailer home: Multi-story building or high-rise: Go to center of the middle section of building, above the ninth floor if possible. Avoid first floor since fallout will pile up on ground outside. ...Read more

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If I build a nuclear fallout shelter, what should it contain?

If I build a nuclear fallout shelter, what should it contain?

Get a list: It should contain shielding, ventilation, food and water for at least two weeks, sanitation and first aid products, radiation monitoring devices, potassiumiodide, a radio, and tools. ...Read more