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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Finding Shelter After a Disaster #AltusOK @RedCross

Emergencies can abruptly change your living and sleeping situation.
You may be in need of temporary living quarters. To find a local shelter near you, text SHELTER and your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) on your mobile phone.
The American Red Cross and other voluntary, faith-based, and community-based organizations provide inclusive shelters in cases of emergency evacuations.
The shelters are free of charge and provide meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support, and health services like first aid. When planning for possible evacuation, also:  
  • Create a pet emergency plan, as many public emergency shelters don't permit pets in their facilities for health and space reasons. However, shelters are required by law to accept service animals.
  • Have an emergency supply kit with essential items for each member of your family with or without disabilities and your pets or service animal that can be ready to go if you need to leave home and seek refuge in a shelter.
  • Plan ahead for transportation that you may need for evacuation. Work with local services, public transportation, or paratransit to identify local or private accessible transportation options.

For information on emergency immediate needs – including shelter – check the Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s website. You can also find more information about emergency preparedness, including evacuation, for people with disabilities. 

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