Alternative Temporary Shelter (ATS) System Brochure
Alternative Temporary Shelter System is a range of substitute solutions that immediately address the shelter needs of affected populations in the initial stages of disasters to guarantee human dignity and sustain family and community life.
As the core programming principle of Moving Urban Poor Communities towards Resilience (MOVE UP) project, the ATS System upholds the rights to dignified space through helping meet the survival needs of the disaster-affected population, provide security and personal safety, protection from the climate, and resistance to ill health and disease. To ensure this, the ATS System implementation utilizes four important inputs: hazard information, engineering and technologies, participatory needs analysis, and localized shelter capacities.
The first critical step in setting up an ATS system is to include current shelter conditions as part of community risk assessments. Aside from identifying hazards the communities experience, an inventory of required and used spaces for evacuation is conducted. These assessments are participatory and complement the local experience with scientific methodology in identifying shelter needs.
Aside from risk-mapping, professional/technical partners conduct ocular visits and interact with community members to identify safe spaces/structures. The collaboration with technical/professional groups ensures that technical standards are met and designs are suitable for the context of a specific community.
After coming up with a menu of options, local government unit (LGU) and community members, with partners who have technical expertise evaluate the ATS designs and explore possible adjustments or modifications.
Learn more about Alternative Temporary Shelter (ATS) by downloading the brochure below.