Take your own supplies
Cots or beds are not provided. Bring pillows, sheets, blankets, portable cot or air mattress, chaise lounge, folding chairs, or sleeping bags.
If you are on a special diet, bring a supply of nonperishable food that will be sufficient for 3 days per person.
Multiple changes of clothing and sturdy shoes.
Required medications and medical support equipment, like wheelchair/walker, oxygen, dressings, feeding and suction equipment, diapers, etc.
Personal hygiene items, like toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, towels, brush/comb, dentures, glasses, eye drops, diapers, etc.
Entertainment items, like games, cards, books, magazines, etc.
Wi-fi and cell signals may not be available
What to Bring to a Shelter
Masks and Hand Sanitizer
Water and Food
Drinking water in plastic containers (1 gallon per person per day for 3 days)
Non-perishable food in cans or sealed containers (enough for 3 days)
Special dietary foods, baby food, formula, manual can opener, paper products, and utensils
Portable ice chest with ice
Clothing and Bedding
Extra clothes and shoes
Sleeping bag, blanket and pillow, and lightweight portable lounge chairs
Wash clothes, towels, soap, toothbrush, paper towels, and toilet paper
Clothes and blankets
Formula, bottles, and food
Medications and First Aid Supplies
Medication clearly marked with your name, dosage, type of medication, and doctor’s name *Must be able to administer all medications
First Aid supplies in a waterproof box
Name and address of doctors
Name and address of nearest relatives
Identification and valuable papers
Games, cards, toys, battery-powered radios, and flashlights
Take a bath and eat before you leave home
Register immediately upon entering the shelter
Residents are required to complete registration before entering the shelter
No weapons, alcohol, or illegal drugs
No smoking allowed in shelters
‘Lights out’ quiet time will be enforced
No pets in the general population area except service animals
Children must be attended at all times. Parents are not allowed to leave the premises without them
Americans Disability Act (ADA) assistance is available at all local shelters.
( Emergency Management - Tropical Storms & Hurricanes - Monroe County )