ITEMS TO BRING TO HURRICANE SHELTER

Be Prepared! -“DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT THEM!!”

An Evacuation Shelter is not intended to be comfortable.  Shelters are noisy and crowded.  You should be prepared to bring items that help make your stay more comfortable.

WHEN EVACUATING TO A SHELTER, BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

1.  All required medications and medical support equipment:

  • Wheelchair/Walker, oxygen, dressings, feeding and suction equipment, diapers, etc.
  • Any specific medication or care instructions.  (2 WEEK SUPPLY)
  • Name, phone number of physician/home health care agency/hospital where you receive care.

2.  Dietary Needs:  

You need to bring nonperishable food to survive for 3 days per person.

3.  Food and Water/Liquids:

Snacks, Fruit Juice, Gatorade, Water, Fruits, Crackers for 3 days.

4.  Sleeping Gear:

Bring your own pillows, sheets, blankets, portable cot/air mattress, chaise lounge, folding chairs or sleeping bags for each person.  Evacuation shelters tend to be cold so bring a blanket or sweater to keep warm. COTS OR BEDS ARE NOT PROVIDED AT THE SHELTER!

5.  Important Papers:

Wills, deeds, licenses, insurance policies, home inventory, doctor’s orders, Do Not Resuscitate, Living Wills.

6.  Identification:  

With photo and current address, medical identification card.

7.  Cash: 

Check cashing/credit card services may not be available for several days after the storm.  BUT…Don’t bring too much!  There will be no place to secure money or valuables at the evacuation centers.

8.  Comfort Items:

Small games, cards, diapers, books, batteries, manual can opener, etc.

9.  Personal Hygiene Items:

 Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, towels, brush/comb, dentures, glasses, eye drops, hearing aides and batteries, etc.

10.  Extra Clothing:

A one week supply of comfortable clothing and extra sets of underwear and socks.