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Suggested Citation:"Acknowledgments." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Addressing Disaster Vulnerability among Homeless Populations during COVID-19. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26220.
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Addressing Disaster Vulnerability among Homeless Populations during COVID-19 25 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS We thank the sponsors of SEAN—the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Thanks are also due to the Natural Hazards Center (NHC) at the University of Colorado Boulder. NHC, with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, substantially contributed to this guidance. Special thanks go to our colleagues on the SEAN executive committee, who dedicated time and thought to this project: Mary T. Bassett (co-chair), Harvard University; Robert M. Groves (co-chair), Georgetown University; Dominique Brossard, University of Wisconsin–Madison; Janet Currie, Princeton University; Michael Hout, New York University; Arati Prabhakar, Actuate; Adrian Raftery, University of Washington; and Jennifer Richeson, Yale University. We thank as well the Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, particularly Harvey Fineberg (Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation). We extend gratitude to the staff of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in particular to Emily P. Backes, Malvern T. Chiweshe, and Chelsea Fowler, who contributed research, editing, and writing assistance. We thank Dara Shefska, who led the communication and dissemination of the project, as well as Monica Feit, who provided helpful guidance and insights. We also thank Rona Briere for her skillful editing. To supplement their own expertise, the authors received input from several external sources, whose willingness to share their perspectives and expertise was essential to this work. We thank Elizabeth A. Bowen, University of Buffalo; Barbara Broman, America Institutes of Research; Ron Carlee, Old Dominion University; Ryan Finnigan, University of California; June Gin, VEMEC; Chris Herring, Harvard University; Linda Langston, Langston Strategies Group; and Bill Sweeney. We also thank the following individuals for their review of this rapid expert consultation: Thomas Chandler, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, and the Earth Institute, Columbia University; Aaron Clark-Ginsberg, RAND Corporation; Marybeth Shinn, Department of Human and Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University; Jack Tsai, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; and Michael Whiteaker, Virginia Department of Health. Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions of this document, nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this document was overseen by Alicia L. Carriquiry, Department of Statistics, Iowa State University; and Robert A. Moffitt, Department of Economics, The Johns Hopkins University. They were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this rapid expert consultation was carried out in accordance with the standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the authors and has been reviewed and approved for release by the National Academies.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, disruptions to key services for populations experiencing homelessness may lead to secondary effects in the context of a disaster, including effects on health and safety, which require additional population-specific support. Reducing disaster vulnerability for people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic requires adapting existing preparedness guidance to an evolving situation. Addressing Disaster Vulnerability among Homeless Populations during COVID-19 reviews research on disaster vulnerability, homelessness, the pandemic, and intersecting hazards and disasters. This rapid expert consultation includes considerations for alternative shelter facilities for homeless populations during a disaster; suggestions on how to navigate service reductions and support population-specific needs; and guidance for supporting populations experiencing homelessness in the aftermath of disasters.

This rapid expert consultation was produced through the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN), an activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. SEAN links researchers in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences with decision makers to respond to policy questions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. This project is affiliated with the National Academies' Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and 21st Century Health Threats, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response.

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