Accommodation centres: are defined as safe places providing a temporary roof, water, food, clothes and health to several people and households before, during and after the occurrence of a disaster.
Properly managed, they can become safe places where displaced people can temporarily live with access to vital services and protection.
Depending on the number of affected people and available infrastructures, accommodation centres can be installed in:
Pre-existing infrastructures: (permanent) buildings and facilities that are used for public or community services such as schools, sports centres, factories, religious buildings..
Camps: provisional settlements placed on plain areas that are suitable for setting up shelters made of tarpaulins and/or tents.
This guide deals specifically with the use of accommodation centresin pre-existing infrastructures, generally called “temporary shelters”.