The resource is a62 page handbook presenting some basic information on safeconstruction practices. It provides guidanceonchoices regarding settlement planning in risky environments, as well as on the building techniques to improve individualshelters.
The intended readers are Red Cross RedCrescent volunteers, who are not expected to be experts in shelter construction and safety but should be able to understand the most important technical aspects of shelter safety in the communities in which they work.
A range of hazards and construction types are presented, such as fire, floods, strong winds and earthquakes, which typicallyoccur in disaster-prone areas. The document is divided into 5 parts:
Risk and shelter safety
Hazards and vulnerability of shelter
General guidance on safe shelters
Examples of specific measures to ensure safe shelters