Emergency shelters are used to provide an evacuation
location for citizens in case of emergency or disaster. You
should consider friends, relatives and hotels and motels as
alternatives to emergency shelters.
Emergency shelters are not equipped like hotels and motels
are equipped. They have limited cots and blankets, etc.
Always bring your own change of clothes and a pillow and a
blanket. You may also need to bring items such as water and
non-perishable food items. In the event of an emergency,
tune into local radio for specific directions on what to
bring and where to go.
Emergency shelters will only provide basic medical services.
Anyone who requires daily medical care should make
arrangements for that care to continue at a shelter.
Remember to bring medications with you in their original
containers and to check them in at the shelter.
No weapons or alcohol are allowed on the shelter premises or
in parking areas.
Parking at shelters is usually limited, so only one vehicle
per family is recommended.
When it comes to family pets, you should make prior
arrangements for them. Animals are not allowed in emergency
shelters with the exception of service animals, such as
guide dogs, and you must have a medical necessity to have
the animal stay with you at the shelter.
Although there are school buildings in the county that
normally serve as emergency shelter locations, the actual
emergency situation will determine where the shelters are
located. Local television, radio and newspapers will be
provided the actual emergency shelter locations.
Office of Emergency
150 South Main Street
Lexington Virginia 24450
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