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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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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. Daniel Saurborn
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?

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.
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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

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What actually causes someone to die if they are caught withtout shelter and get hypothermia?

What actually causes someone to die if they are caught withtout shelter and get hypothermia?

Usually heart stops: Definition: below 95 degrees: depending on the body temp: between 95-89.6 - poor peripheral circulation, shivering, apathy, lethargy, confusion and rapid heart rate; between 89.6-82.4 - shivering stops, increased confusion or delirium, slowing heart rate and irregular heart rate; below 82.4 coma, ventricular fibrillation (type of cardiac arrest), may look dead; below 68 brain activity stops. ...Read more

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I'm building a bomb shelter in my house, what medicine should I have and how much can I expect to spend?

I'm building a bomb shelter in my house, what medicine should I have and how much can I expect to spend?

1 month of Rx's: As a disaster preparedness instructor, I recommend people have at least 1 months supply of all prescription medications. You should also have a photocopy of a recent prescription, as well as a copy of your insurance and pharmacy card. In addition, one should have an equivalent supply of otc tylenol (acetaminophen) and motrin. Don't let these expire by rotating them in with your current "everyday" supply. ...Read more

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Are prefab shower units as safe as porcelain and ceramic bathrooms for shelter in tornado?

Not the shower type: It isn't necessarily the shower type that matters rather the type of room that you are in. Most bathrooms are an inside room and the center of the home is typically the safest place to be. Granted, a more stable shower can also provide a lot of support, the type of tub should not keep you from seeking shelter. ...Read more

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What are some domestic violence shelters and how long can I stay?

What are some domestic violence shelters and how long can I stay?

Located Nationwide: Domestic violence centers can be found in all fifty states and in every mid-sized to large city in america. In the us: call the national domestic violence hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (safe) to speak with a domestic violence counselor. The length of stay at any given shelter will depend upon the type of shelter and the needs of the individual. There are shelters that accept mother and children. ...Read more

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So sad. Just learned my child has bulimia nervosa. I have always tried to shelter and protect my kids. What now?

So sad. Just learned my child has bulimia nervosa. I have always tried to shelter and protect my kids. What now?

Sad - Move Forward: It's ok to be sad when someone you love is struggling. At the same time it is good to know what has been going on if your child has been having difficulties related to an eating disorder. The important thing is to keep looking forward to what need's to be done concerning appropriate treatment. Your part in this has a lot to do with your child's age. Encourage your child in his/her treatment. ...Read more

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So sad. Just learned my child has craniofacial injuries. I have always tried to shelter and protect my kids. What now?

So sad. Just learned my child has craniofacial injuries. I have always tried to shelter and protect my kids. What now?

Get trained advice: Take your child to a fellowship trained plastics surgeon-one who has experience in pediatric reconstructive surgery. Often this may require an otolaryngologist (ears, nose & throat), and ophthalmologist (eye) with plastics surgery fellowship training and a maxillofacial (dual trained dentists/doctors) working together to restore function and cosmetic appearance. ...Read more

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Where is funding for the domestic violence shelters in the financial war against women?

Where is funding for the domestic violence shelters in the financial war against women?

Wrong forum: I feel bad that no one has answer this questions, but this really is not a political site and you're asking a fundamentally political question. Although domestic violence is an enormous problem with obvious health implications, you might want to go to your congressperson or senator to ask this question of someone who possibly could answer it--and even take action. ...Read more

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So sad. Just learned my child has depression. I have always tried to shelter and protect my kids. What now?

So sad. Just learned my child has depression. I have always tried to shelter and protect my kids. What now?

Self-care 4u/testing: Manage your own stress by taking care of your own needs. Probably, have a psychological testing done on your kid to confirm/disprove diagnosis. Testing will also show child's strength and things to work on, but knowing strengths will help you in coping with his illness and take your care for him in more positive direction. Testing can be done by a clinical psychologist specializing in children. ...Read more

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Can I get a disease from an unethical dentist placing someone elses rotten teeth in my mouth without my consent while I under? I recently stayed at a place that claimed that they help homeless people with shelter. There was a sign up that said that the p

Can I get a disease from an unethical dentist placing someone elses rotten teeth in my mouth without my consent while I under? I recently stayed at a place that claimed that they help homeless people with shelter. There was a sign up that said that the p

You: You clearly sound very upset about this. I am concerned about the health of your teeth, but am also concerned about your mental health. It is possible for an individual to perpetually think that others are out to harm him or her. Granted, there are dangers in the world but some people are more apt to see things as threatening or dangerous. Have you received mental health care in the past? This would likely benefit you. ...Read more

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Cat from animal shelter brought home ringworm & gave it to my rabbit. Would pyrithione zinc shampoo help prevent me from getting it on my head?

Cat from animal shelter brought home ringworm & gave it to my rabbit. Would pyrithione zinc shampoo help prevent me from getting it on my head?

Good hygiene: Good hygiene in general may prevent an infection, but dandruff shampoos may not provide any particular benefit. If you do develop an infection of the scalp, topical treatment will not work - you would require an oral therapy to clear the infection from the hair follicles. ...Read more