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Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)

What to Expect in a Shelter

If you need to evacuate your home, the best option is to stay with a family member, friend, or neighbor. Should the need arise, the county may open shelters to house residents short-term. When staying in a shelter, please keep the following points in mind:

  • Bring any prescription medication you may need.

  • If possible, bring toiletries, change of clothes and small personal items (such as a book or games for children) to help make your stay more comfortable.

Even though the county may not open shelters during the summer, residents who need relief from the heat are encouraged to visit their local libraries, recreation centers, or shopping malls.

Additional Resources:

Link to American Red Cross - National Capital Region
For more information on shelters, visit the National Capital Region chapter of the American Red Cross.  


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