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If Disaster Strikes

If you are instructed to take shelter immediately, do so at once.

Should you need to leave, your first option and plan should always be to go to family or friends first; they can accommodate you, your pets and help you be most comfortable in a stressful situation. Emergency public shelters will be available, and can provide a safe place to stay and meals while you are there. However, they do not provide personal health care. If you require the care of a personal attendant and choose to go to a shelter, bring the attendant with you.

  • Listen to the radio or television for the location of emergency shelters. Note those that are accessible to those with physical disabilities and those that have other disability friendly assistance features such as TTY lines.
  • Shut off water, gas and electricity if instructed to do so and if time permits.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Take your disaster supplies kit.
  • Lock your home.
  • Use travel routes specified by local authorities and don’t use shortcuts because certain areas may be impassable or dangerous.
  • Confirm upon arrival at an emergency shelter that it can meet your special care needs.
  • Inform members of your support network and out-of-town contact of your location and status.

Learn More

For more information please contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter.

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