- Memorandum to Local Boards of Health and Emergency Planning and Response Partners
Show Me: A Communication Tool for Emergency Shelters
The Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management has created a simple, hands-on tool to reduce communication barriers and better assist individuals with access and functional needs, and professional shelter staff and volunteers, make their needs and concerns understood within a community shelter setting during an emergency.
To order a copy of the booklet or to request print files to print your own booklets, please visit the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse.
Free Mobile Application
The Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management is pleased to announce the release of a free mobile application, Show Me for Emergencies, an innovative, interactive app that will enhance communication between public health and emergency management personnel and volunteers and individuals with communication challenges across a variety of emergency settings.
The app expands upon the work that was done on the 2012 booklet, Show Me: A Communication Tool for Emergency Shelters, to include not only emergency shelter settings, but emergency dispensing sites, shelter in place, and evacuation scenarios as well. Within each scenario there are options to communicate information such as an individual’s preferred language, the type of emergency that’s happening, personal and medical needs, animated instructions for actions like boiling water or gathering items, along with a multitude of other concepts. The images posted here illustrate two of the screens found in the app. One of the essential features of the app is that once it’s downloaded to a user’s device, the app does not need internet connectivity in order to access its content.
Show Me for Emergencies is available to download from both the iTunes® and Google Play® stores.
Show Me Inquiry
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