The goal of this tool is to offer best practices for improving disaster preparedness and child protection in Emergency Shelters by using suggestions and resources to achieve indicators of community resilience. This checklist was created by cross-walking action items with questionnaire items from the Community Preparedness Index (CPI) developed by the National Center for Disaster Preparedness and Save the Children.

These best practices and resources provided here are tools to help address gaps in child-focused emergency planning. Some suggestions may be constrained by local or state regulations or laws, but these guidelines can assist in developing best practices within the Emergency Shelter sector. These best practices can help guide discussions and inform plans to delineate responsibilities to improve child protection and response in Emergency Shelters.