• Usually schools or other solidly constructed buildings that provide a large, safe area
  • Should always be considered a last resort if relatives or friends aren’t available
  • Tend to lack many comforts such as bedding, pillows and food – so bring your own
  • Space can be limited: Leave ASAP if your home is vulnerable and under evacuation order
  • Locations can change from year to year – keep informed through television, radio and the Internet
  • Be prepared to live with strangers in close quarters for the duration of the storm
  • Daycare is not provided – supervise your children


  • Water
  • Food
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Personal items
  • Medications
  • First-aid supplies
  • Important papers
  • Miscellaneous items like games, toys, battery powered radios, flashlights, batteries

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