B6: FEMA Region II Shelter-in-Place Workshop 

David Fortino
FEMA Region II

Shelter-in-place workshops are intended to provide participants with the ability to exchange best practices and evaluate potential solutions to challenges associated with major disasters requiring shelter-in-place. A generic scenario involving the detonation of a small nuclear device near a major city triggered the need to shelter-in-place.

The three main objectives associated with the exercise:

  1. Discuss the appropriate actions to take in order to ensure employees and the general public are protected for an extended period of time during a shelter-in-place event, including those employees with access and functional needs;
  2. Identify opportunities to strengthen employee resilience to ensure the organization can adapt to, withstand, and quickly recover from a major disaster; and
  3. Discuss potential challenges and identify recommended solutions to ensure effective communication with all employees and the general public, including those with access and functional needs and those not present at the time of the disaster, were discussed in depth.