In every community there are public buildings that provide important social and spiritual functions. These buildings should be made safer than other buildings, partly because so many people use them, but also because in a disaster they can be used as emergency shelters.
- Consider any large buildings, in or near your community, such as schools, churches, halls or offices that could be used for this purpose. Buildings that can be used as emergency shelters should be built on raised ground if flooding is a risk. They need secure roofs that would withstand cyclones.
- Community meetings could decide on a plan for improving such buildings. For example, maybe a block of classrooms is selected. Community members could work together to strengthen the roofs. A large water tank could be built. The school latrines could be extended. A secure cupboard or storeroom could be added in which emergency supplies could be stored.