At Home – Step 3 of 4
Part A – Shelter in Place
Part B – Shelter away from home (Daisies stop here)
Build Shelters (Brownies stop here)
- Emergency Shelter Locations (Juniors stop here)
First, Read the Information You Need:
If you need to go to an emergency shelter, how do you know where one is?
Some communities have a standard location. Schools, stadiums, churches, or government or public buildings can be turned into shelters. Sometimes it will depend on the type of emergency. A shelter that is fine for after an earthquake, might not work during a flood. Or maybe the normal location was damaged in a tornado or storm and can no longer be used.
Your parents may have an idea of where they could go. Talk to them.
Listening to the radio or watching/reading the news online for information can also give information on shelter locations.
Regardless of where the emergency shelter is – it’s not a hotel room. You’ll have a bed space you need to keep neat and tidy. You shouldn’t leave any belongs alone. There isn’t a room you can lock them in. Many shelters do not allow pets, so if you have your pet with you, you may need to find your pet a different place to stay.
If you need to stay at an official shelter, here are the tips FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has given out in the past:
- Pre-identify your closest shelter. If local officials call for an evacuation, don’t hesitate. Leave early.
- Keep the gas tank at least half full in case you need your vehicle to leave the area. If relying on public transportation, contact your local emergency agencies about evacuation procedures before a hurricane.
- Inform your family of your sheltering location and review your communications plan.
- Plan to take a disaster supply kit with you. Include special dietary meals, medications and medical devices. Have a copy of your prescriptions in a sealed plastic bag in case you need to refill them.
- Coordinate with neighbors, friends or relatives to make sure someone is available to care for or rescue your pets if you can’t.
- Pack a kennel, leash, ID tag and vaccination certificate for your pet. Pets will be taken to a reserved space. Certified service pets are allowed to stay with their owners for emotional support.
Talk the list over with your parents. Is your family prepared if they had to evacuate to an emergency shelter?
Second, To Complete This Step:
Find Safe Places
|If Red Cross is called in, knowing where your local Red Cross Chapter is located could help you get in touch during an emergency. |
Go to this website and use your zip code see where your local chapter is.
Answer these two questions:
1 – Approximately how far away is your local Red Cross chapter from you?
2 – What step in being prepared for an emergency shelter would be the hardest to do?
Juniors stop here. You’ve earned the Shelter Rocker!
Cadettes, Seniors, Ambassadors, and Adults, go Step 4.
Return to the Shelter Step 2 page.
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