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VOLUNTEER HOUSING:
Challenges & Opportunities in Recent Disasters
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VOLUNTEER HOUSING
SOLUTIONS
Heather Turney
Rick Turner
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INTRODUCTIONS
LOGISTICS – Fire exits,
restrooms, breaks, etc.
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VOLUNTEERS WHO NEED HOUSING
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Early, Emergency Responders
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Volunteer Work teams, LTR
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Others
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EARLY RESPONDERS - CHALLENGES
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Timing
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Numbers
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Location(s)
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Needs at the Facility
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Costs
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Multiple Agencies
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Other
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WORK TEAMS - CHALLENGES
 Jobs
 2+
(case managed)
year Commitment
 Facilities
(showers, etc.)
 Cleanliness
 Liability
Issues
 Food
 Location
 Other
 Tools
 Codes
/ Materials
& Safety
(local & state)
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International Fire Code 903
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International Fire Code-Section 903 Automatic Sprinkler Systems
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*OCCUPANCY CLASSIFICATION*. For the purposes of this code, certain occupancies are
defined as follows: [B] Assembly Group A. Assembly Group A
occupancy includes, among others, the use of a building or structure, or
a portion thereof, for the gathering together of persons for purposes such
as civic, social or religious functions, recreation, food or drink
consumption or awaiting transportation. A room or space used for assembly
purposes by less than 50 persons and accessory to another occupancy shall
be included as a part of that occupancy. Assembly areas with less than 750
square feet (69.7 m2) and which are accessory to
another occupancy according to Section 302.2.1 of the
International Building Code are not assembly occupancies. Assembly
occupancies which are accessory to Group E in accordance with Section 302.2
of the International Building Code are not considered assembly occupancies.
Religious educational rooms and religious auditoriums which are
accessory to churches in accordance with Section 302.2 of the International
Building Code and which have occupant loads of less than 100 shall be
classified as A-3. A building or tenant space used for assembly purposes by
less than 50 persons shall be considered a Group B occupancy.
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Code 903, Continued
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*A-3 Assembly* uses intended for worship, recreation or amusement
and other assembly uses not classified elsewhere in Group A,
including, but not
limited to: Amusement arcades, Art galleries, Bowling
alleys, Churches, Community halls, Bowling alleys
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903.2.1.3 Group A-3. An automatic sprinkler system shall be provided
for Group A-3 occupancies where one of the following conditions
exists:
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1. The fire area exceeds 12,000 square feet (111 m2);
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2. The fire area has an occupant load of 300 or more; or
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3. The fire area is located on a floor other than the level of exit discharge
*National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 901 is the basis for
all fire codes.
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Standard Industrial Classification Code
(SIC Code)
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8661 Religious Organizations
Establishments of religious organizations operated for worship, religious
training or study, government or administration of an organized religion, or
for promotion of religious activities. Other establishments maintained by
religious organizations, such as educational institutions, hospitals,
publishing houses, reading rooms, social services, and secondhand stores,
are classified according to their primary activity. Also included in this
industry are religious groups which reach the public through radio or
television media. Establishments of such religious groups which produce
taped religious programming for television are classified in Industry 7812,
and those which produce live religious programs are classified in Industry
7922. Establishments of such groups which operate radio or television
stations are classified in Communications, Major Group 48.
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SIC Code 8661, Continued
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Churches
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Convents
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Monasteries
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Religious instruction, provided by religious organizations
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Religious organizations
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Shrines, religious
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Temples
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NATIONAL VOAD
 NATIONAL
PORTAL – James McGowan asked Tyler
McKee to create a national portal where sites can
list their information and volunteer work teams
can register or find contact information.
 http://nvoad.org/VHP/
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