Evacuating To A Red Cross Shelter


Mother and child take shelter with the Red Cross
Photographer: Jeanette Ortiz-Osorio



The American Red Cross wants you to know what to do if a hurricane, flood, chemical emergency, or other disaster threatens and you need to leave you home or campground in a hurry. 


If an emergency arises you may be asked to evacuate to a Red Cross Shelter by local government officials.   This shelter may be located at a local school, Fire Department, church or other facility.  This location will be identified by the local Emergency Management team and the American Red Cross.  This information will be released to you by radio, television, or notification by town officials. 


If you are asked to evacuate, you are encouraged to bring the following things with you:    


        Medical Supplies:  prescriptions,  eyeglasses, dentures

        Baby Supplies:  diapers, formula, baby needs

        Toiletries:  toothpaste & brush,  shampoo, comb

        Clothing:  A change of clothing and extra pair of shoes

        Bedding: A pillow, blanket or sleeping bag

        Keys: car keys  and  house keys

       Important Documents drivers license, birth certificates, insurance policies

       Phone Numbers: Include emergency numbers for family, friends, doctor, insurance company, bank


DO NOT BRING: valuables, weapons, non prescription medications, or pets (for safety reasons, pets are not allowed in Red Cross shelters., They can however, be left in your vehicle at the shelter)


For more Information, contact the

American Red Cross at (203) 874-2531




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