Toward an Explanation of Mass Care Shelter Use in Evacuations

March 1992 (VOL. 10, NO. 1)

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The use of overnight shelters during evacuations is a topic of increased societal concern. Existing investigations do not provide an integrated nor consistent explanation. An assessment of existing published data lead us to conclude that many factors suggested by others are not adequate explanations for shelter use, and these include type of hazard, urban versus rural, socioeconomic status and age of evacuees are consistent explanatory concepts. Further research on this topic is needed.