Sheltering patterns and utilization following the 2007 southern California wildfires.

TitleSheltering patterns and utilization following the 2007 southern California wildfires.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKirsch, TD, Jenkins, LJ, Sauer, LM, Hsieh, Y-H, Calvello, E, Hsu, E
JournalAmerican journal of disaster medicine
Volume4
Issue2
Pagination113-9
Date Published2009 Mar-Apr
ISSN1932-149X
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, California, Child, Child, Preschool, Disaster Planning, Disasters, Female, Fires, Humans, Infant, Male, Middle Aged, Retrospective Studies, Sheltered Workshops, Young Adult
Abstract

The 2007 southern California wildfires resulted in over 500,000 residents being displaced. A team from Johns Hopkins University and the American Red Cross surveyed 163 families at shelters and local assistance centers during the disaster. The responses were used to evaluate the needs and movement patterns of a displaced population. The data were also used to determine the risk factors associated with needing sheltering. There is a lower than expected reliance on public shelters, and displaced persons move frequently.

Alternate JournalAm J Disaster Med