As part of your personal preparedness plan, locate the shelter nearest to you. In a disaster, shelters will be operated by the Red Cross and made openly available to the public, up to capacity. Some information about the function of LA’s mass shelters:
In the event of an emergency or a disaster, the City of Los Angeles may require facilities to shelter the public. The need for mass shelter activation may be made in the field by various city departments.
Designating, maintaining, and operating mass shelters requires the collaboration of public and private entities. The Emergency Management Department (EMD)(link is external) oversees the process and is assisted by the Department of Recreation and Parks(link is external), Department on Disability(link is external), Department of Animal Services(link is external), American Red Cross(link is external), and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)(link is external). Once a mass shelter site has been activated, ARC takes primary management duties and is assisted by RAP.
Facilities must meet a set of requirements to be selected as mass shelters. These facilities must meet capacity, restroom and shower, parking, security, and handicap accessibility regulations. In order to meet handicap accessibility regulations, facilities must meet the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements or make temporary arrangements for handicap accessibility.
Currently, 30 approved rooms in 28 locations are designated mass shelter sites. These sites are identified as Tier I locations. In the event of an emergency or disaster, mass shelter sites will be selected depending on their geographic location and maximum capacity.
Supplies, Operations, and Funding
The city has distributed shelter-specific equipment containers (caches) to eighty-four locations across the County of Los Angeles. In addition, twenty caches of identical content are maintained at Public Works yards, Emergency Operations Centers, and Recreation and Parks sites.
The 30 designated shelters in 28 sites are: