You may be asked to evacuate if you live near the coast or in a flood-prone area. If that is the case, your “plan” should include researching, in advance, an evacuation route and making arrangements for a safe place to stay with friends or family.
Public shelters are generally for those who have nowhere else to go. Listen to news broadcasts for announcements of shelter openings.
Below is a list of important facts about evacuation shelters:
- Those with special medical needs should go to special needs shelters ONLY. It is important to know that special needs shelters do not provide hands-on medical care but they do provide medical monitoring. If needed, bring a caregiver with you.
- If you have any pets, check to make sure your nearest evacuation shelter will accept them. Only service animals are permitted in public shelters. Shelters that allow pets can be limited so be sure to make other arrangements for your pets.
- Brings food and snacks. Meals may not be available during the first 24 hours.
- Bring your identification, any valuable papers and medications.
- Bring blankets, sleeping bags and pillows. Those are will either not be provided or will be limited in supply.
- Bring cards, games and books to keep yourself entertained.