Programs that arrange for shelter and/or a warm place for people to stay when dangerously cold weather is expected; and/or provide emergency shelter for people who have no place to stay as a result of a large-scale fire, flood, earthquake, tornado, hurricane, or a localized incident such as a house fire, toxic spill emergency or other environmental hazard that disrupts the normal functioning of a community.
Programs conducted by organizations like the Canadian Red Cross that provide a communication network which enables the general public to obtain information about the circumstances of relatives and friends who are in an area within Canada where a major disaster or wide-spread emergency has occurred. Also included are disaster survivor registries which allow individuals who are alive following a disaster to post their name and medical condition for access by family members and friends. Also included are disaster survivor registries that allow individuals who are alive following a disaster to post their name and medical condition for access by family members and friends; or to leave voice messages providing information about their circumstances, their current location and how to reach them.
Programs that provide general information for the public about major disasters and large-scale emergencies occurring within Canada. Details may include the location and severity of the incident, the date and time of its occurrence, organizations that concerned friends and family can contact for information about the circumstances of possible victims and/or survivors, details regarding needed materials and supplies, and instructions for contributing to relief organizations.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.