Infection Control Prevention Guidance for Community Shelters Following Disasters
Community shelters provide housing for persons displaced from their homes following natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. In these settings, individuals share living space. Some individuals may have health problems, including acute or chronic infectious diseases. These recommendations provide basic infection control information that will help to prevent exposure to or transmission of infectious agents.
General Infection Prevention Techniques
Use of these infection prevention measures by all staff and shelter residents can reduce the spread of infections and infectious diseases.
After an emergency, it can be difficult to find running water. However, it is still important to wash your hands to avoid illness. It is best to wash your hands with soap and water but, when water isn't available, you can use alcohol-based products made for washing hands. Below are some tips for washing your hands with soap and water and with alcohol-based products.