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This item has been moved to mature support. Please see What's new for more information.


Shelter Locator

Shelter Locator can be used by emergency management agencies responsible for providing citizens a safe place when they are displaced from their residence during a natural or man-made incident. Emergency shelter status and shelter-specific information (capacity, current occupancy, special needs, etc.) is often provided and managed by Incident Management Systems like WebEOC from Intermedix.

Shelter Locator is a configuration of ArcGIS, and optionally WebEOC, that allows citizens to locate emergency shelters in their community from a smartphone, tablet, and desktop computer.


Shelter Locator requires specific software.

Requirement Description
Map authoring
  • ArcMap 10.4 - 10.6
  • ArcGIS Online
GIS service hosting
  • ArcGIS Online, or
  • ArcGIS 10.4 for Server (Standard or Advanced), or
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 - 10.6 (Standard or Advanced)
Application hosting
  • Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 or higher
  • Microsoft ASP.NET Framework 4.0 or 4.5
Browser compatibility

The application is optimized for display on desktop computer, tablet, and smartphone devices using the following browsers:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, 11
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari

What you get

When you download the Shelter Locator application, the download includes the following:

Directory Item Description
Application ShelterLocator A folder containing the Shelter Locator application files.
MapsandGeodatabase Shelters.mxd A map document used to publish the Shelters service.
EmergencyManagement.gdb Emergency Management geodatabase with sample data.

What's new

Below are the release dates and notes for Shelter Locator.

Date Description
December 2017
  • This solution has been moved to mature support and replaced with a new Shelter Locator application.
January 2017
  • A collection of fixes to the application's popup behavior.
  • An update to the application's configuration file to improve search results coming from the updated geocoding service.
September 2016
  • Sample data updated
June 2016
  • Enhanced symbology to support additional Shelter status assignments.
February 2016
  • Added the ability to clear the current search results using the "X" button on the search panel.
  • Added a buffer slider that can be used to interactively define the buffer distance when searching.
  • Added an enhancement that provides the ability to set the search location by clicking on the map.
  • Added the "Yes"/"No" values for activity searching as configurable items in the config.js file.
August 2015
  • First release of the Shelter Locator application

Get started with Shelter Locator

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ArcGIS Solutions for Emergency Management includes several related maps and apps that also can be configured in your organization: