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MGT-487 in Texas (Hybrid) on October 9th, 2024



Full program description

MGT-487: Mass Care: Shelter and Relocation Coordination

Courtesy of Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 9th, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CT)
  • Location: Houston TranStar, 6922 Katy Road, Houston, TX 77024, or via Zoom

How to obtain a certificate:

  1. Sign up for the course on this page.
  2. Take the pre-test.
  3. Attend the training on October 9th. If you are attending in person, please bring an electronic device (phone, tablet, or laptop).
  4. Take the post-test and evaluation.

Please wait up to 48 hours for your certificate to appear in your account. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Course Overview:

This instructor-led, management-level training will provide an overview of the disaster sheltering, evacuation, and relocation processes. This course looks at the roles and responsibilities of preparedness and response partners in carrying out sheltering, evacuation, and relocation operations. Recent disasters have highlighted the need for extensive sheltering and evacuation planning. What happens when a disaster lasts for an extended period, and disaster survivors need to be relocated or need disaster housing? This course will review these areas and provide information on how to plan for operations within your community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the roles and responsibilities of federal, state, local, tribal, territorial governments in relation to evacuation, sheltering, and relocation.
  2. Analyze the ways in which Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) are established and administered at shelters for mass care activities with partners.
  3. Appraise how shelter support services, such as social case workers and human services, can help disaster survivors relocate to an interim housing solution.


Hosted by Jennifer Suter from Harris County Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

This project is supported by Cooperative Agreements EMW-2020-CA-00064, EMW-2021-CA-00092, EMW-2021-CA-00093, EMW-2022-CA-00037, and EMW-2023-GG019446 administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.