The shelters will open at the discretion of the Emergency Management Director.
Please keep in mind that not all shelters will be opened upon initial activation.
What to Bring to a Shelter
General shelters allow approximately 20 square feet per person. Do not bring anything that is not absolutely necessary for a 24 - 48 hour stay.
If you have the need for special foods you may bring them with you. High energy foods such as peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix, and other snack foods may be a good idea if you get hungry in between meals. If necessary bring special dietary foods--such as diabetic, low salt, liquid diet, baby food and formula. Don’t forget a manual can opener.
Clothing and Bedding:
One complete change of clothing including footwear. A sleeping bag and pillow. Rain gear and sturdy shoes.
Washcloth, small towel, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, towel, etc.
Medications, First-Aid Supplies:
Medications--clearly marked with your name, dosage, type of medication, and prescribing physician. You must be able to take all medications by yourself and change any dressing needed.
Identification and valuable papers (insurance documents, etc.), Name and address of doctors. Name and address of nearest relative not living in area.
Pets are not allowed at general shelters unless they are service animals. See Pets and Shelters on our web page.
Bring a cell phone if you have one. It may come in handy. Games, cards, toys, battery powered radios, flashlights (no candles or lanterns), batteries, or other reasonable items you may need are welcome too. Take a bath and eat before you leave home.
- NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
To read more about the rules and procedures of being a resident of a shelter click here