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When to Seek Shelter

Whenever possible, pre-arrange to stay with a friend or family member living in another area. You may also consider staying at a hotel in another area. This will ensure the County has enough room in shelters to provide housing for those who lack other options.

The County works with the American Red Cross to open and staff shelters during emergencies. Every effort is made to ensure each shelter location is accessible for those with access and other functional needs. Residents who require advanced medical care or have severe disabilities may be asked to evacuate to an alternate shelter capable of ensuring their medical needs can be met. Attempts will be made to locate safe shelters for residents who need assistance with their pets.

What to Bring

Shelters will be supplied with almost everything you need. Listen to instructions from authorities about things you may need. At a minimum, be prepared to take the following:

  • Family emergency plan
  • Important paperwork, such as medical cards, insurance papers, and a list of medications, to name a few
  • Emergency kit, stocked with a flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, and backup batteries for your cell phones
  • A change of clothes, toiletries, medications, pillows, blankets/sleeping bags
  • Diapers, formula and other supplies, if you have an infant
  • Kennel, leash, food, special toys, if you have a pet