Shelter Operations

In the event of an emergency where many people can't get into their homes or have lost their homes, Wayland's Shelter team is prepared to establish evacuation shelters.

The Mission

The Shelter Operations team is charged with ensuring that Wayland has identified facilities that may serve as disaster shelters, that material is available to handle the maximum capacity of each of those shelters, and that individuals are trained to assume leadership roles in the operation of those shelters.


The team operates under the authority of Wayland's Community Emergency Coordinator (CEC) - The Wayland Fire Chief, and the Wayland Emergency Management Director - The Wayland Police Chief. Activation and coordination will be at the direction of the CEC through the CERT coordinator.


At the direction of the CEC/EMD to open one or more shelters to house, feed and protect those in need. Provide specialized training for WESRT members to assume leadership roles in the operation of these shelters. Train lay public, as necessary, for support roles. Develop coordinating lines between State, Federal and National organizations capable of supporting these activities.

Volunteer Opportunities

Operating a shelter takes many many people. We need help registering people, providing first-aid, meal preparation and entertaining kids. If you would like to volunteer, we can truly use your help. Training ranges from just a few hours to be prepared to help in the case of an emergency to the training necessary to be a shelter manager. Whatever level you wish to be involved in would be greatly appreciated!


The Shelter Operations team accepts donations of materials needed to operate the shelter. Personal items for "goodie bags" (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.) games, etc. are all useful items. Material contributions must be in a "reasonably large" quantity. Cash contributions are also accepted.

Contact Information

Joseph Boykin, Team Lead
580-245-9398 (C)
508-358-4688 (H)