The American Red Cross wants you to know what to do if a hurricane, flood, chemical emergency, or other disaster threatens you and you need to leave your 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 facilities. 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.
What to Bring in the Case of an Evacuation
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 and 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, doctors, insurance companies, banks
What Not to 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 860-678-2830 or 860-447-3248.