[Tagging] [OSM-talk] If a school is a shelter when a disaster happens...

Maarten Deen mdeen at xs4all.nl
Wed Dec 30 16:11:13 UTC 2015

On 2015-12-30 16:33, Dongpo Deng wrote:
> Hi all,
> There is a problem for tagging shelters. In Taiwan, some of schools
> are selected to be shelters for villages or small regions when a
> disaster happens. However, it is conflict to annotate two amenities on
> a geometry object. That is, we cannot simultaneously use amenity =
> school and amenity = social_facility; social_facility = shelter for a
> school with shelter functionality.
> Some Taiwanese mappers proposed to add 'emergency' as prefix for
> distinguishing shelter, e.g.,
> emergency : amenity =  amenity
> emergency : social_facility = shelter
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/4790949
> I'm just wondering if it is a good manner for this case. Because the
> tag 'emergency' is used for emergency facilities but not including
> shelters. Thus, adding emergency prefix to amenity is suitable? Any
> suggestions for such situation?

How about shelter=emergency?
I don't really see why social_facility would be applicable. I don't see 
why an emergency shelter would be connected to social services.


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