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 have limited cots and blankets.
- Bring your own change of clothes and a pillow and a blanket.
- Provide your own 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 to check them in at the shelter.
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.
Additional Shelter Guidelines
- 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.
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.