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Humanitarian First Aid Stations & Shelters

Shelter is a critical determinant of survival in the initial stages of a disaster. Beyond survival, shelter is necessary for security and personal safety, protection from the elements and resistance to disease. Shelter assistance is provided to individual households for the repair or construction of dwellings or the settlement of displaced households within existing accommodation or communities. When it is not possible to provide individual shelter, collective shelter is provided in suitably large public buildings or structures, such as warehouses, halls or barracks, or in temporary planned or self-settled camps. For more information on shelter in emergencies.

  • Ninety-two percent of the projected 1.5 billion new global citizens in coming years will live in urban settlements – and they will need new shelter to live, work, and house community programs.
  • The economic impacts of shelter are profound, from boosting local construction business and related jobs and industry to promoting livelihoods and production in developing economies.
  • Shelter-building strategies can be a means of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in their ability to promote higher quality urban development and provide additional livelihood options.
  • Shelter is not just a need in recovery but also a potential tool for local economic growth within cross-agency and local governmental development planning.
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