Before occupying berthing area

  • Thoroughly inspected all building areas to ensure they are not infested with ants, bats, roaches, rodents, etc.

  • Ensure floors are free of slip, trip, and fall hazards including POL spills.

  • Ensure all electrical outlets intact and covered with no exposed electrical wiring accessible to occupants.

  • Ensure accessibility of serviceable fire extinguishers with in 75ft of all areas of the building.

  • Ensure dumpsters are placed at least 50 feet from building entrances to minimize odor and maximize vector control.

  • Provide a large supply of garbage bags for refuse and garbage

  • Maintain sufficient access to building in order for emergency service vehicles to respond to fire or medical emergencies without having to navigate through latrines, water buffaloes, cones, etc.

Facilities without permanent latrines and showers.

  • Ensure ample Porto Potties are installed for number of personal in area, and are placed 100 yards from dining area.

  • Establish hand washing stations with soap near latrines or Porto Potties.

  • If temporary shower facilities are used ensure gray water is being kept from entering the storm sewer system or leaked onto the open ground.

  • Provide ample and easily accessible hand sanitizer in berthing and dining areas.

During occupation of berthing area.

  • If area is not climate controlled, and possible, leave bay and personnel doors open to increase cross ventilation in order to minimize the spread of communicable respiratory disease.

  • Maintain a 2ft perimeter around individual cots and use head to foot arrangements of cots in order to minimize the spread of communicable respiratory disease

  • Prohibit or control food consumption in berthing area in order to keep vermin and vectors away from personnel.

  • Ensure electrical outlets are not overloaded.

  • Do not allow power strips to be plugged into extension cords.

  • Do not allow the use of extension cords in the berthing areas unless they are equipped with a surge protection device.

  • Do not allow power strips to be plugged into one another causing a daisy chaining effect.

  • Brief occupants to store their bags and luggage under their cots in order to maintain clear aisles.

  • Allow 36” access to all electrical panel boxes and fire extinguishers.

  • Ensure all trash is removed daily and bags tied before placing in dumpsters to reduce odor and vectors.

  • Minimize vehicle traffic in front of berthing locations. Vehicles should travel not more than 5 MPH and use ground guides when operating near troop concentrations.

  • Maintain 36” access to all exits. Arrange cots so that main aisles lead to exits.

  • Establish a designated smoking area away from combustible and flammable material and at least 50 feet from building entrances and air ducts. Enforce sanitation in smoking area.

  • If facility is not protected by smoke detectors the unit will establish fire guard schedule and roster in order to remain vigilant fire and crime prevention.

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