Annex C: Shelter & Mass Care

The purpose of this annex is to outline organizational arrangements, operational concepts, responsibilities, and procedures to protect Lone Star College constituents and others from the effects of an emergency situation by providing shelter and mass care.

Concept of Operations

LSC is responsible for developing a plan, integrating the concepts of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), for coordinating and providing mass care services to LSC persons affected by a disaster while on campus. The requirements for services may vary depending upon the nature, type, and level of the emergency. LSC will work closely with volunteer organizations that provide shelter and mass care support to determine the availability of shelter and feeding facilities, encourage facility managers to sign agreements for use of those facilities, and encourage facility managers to allow their personnel to participate in shelter management training.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) or President may request the opening of a LSC facility to serve as a shelter, but this request must be approved by the LSC Chancellor. Opening and closure of shelters are coordinated with the American Red cross and other shelter providers. The COO may further assign tasks and responsibilities to support shelter and mass care efforts.  LSC, in cooperation with volunteer disaster assistance organizations, will coordinate the provision of temporary shelter and essential life support services for those at the shelter.


  • Texas American Red Cross home page: www.redcross.org/tx/austin/
  • ARC Disaster Services Program, Mass Care Preparedness and Operations, ARC 3031, April 1987.
  • ARC Disaster Services Program, Disaster Welfare Inquiry, ARC 3044, April 1996.
  • Annex C (Shelter & Mass Care) to the State of Texas, Harris County, Montgomery County, and City of Houston Emergency Management Plans.


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