Concord, NH. / Burlington, VT. Saturday, July 1, 2017 – The New Hampshire / Vermont region of the American Red Cross is deploying Red Cross workers to open a reception center for people who are escaping the current flooding situation.
Reception Center information is as follows:
Thetford Elementary School
2689 VT-113 Thetford Center, VT 05075
WHAT TO BRING TO A SHELTER The Red Cross encourages those who plan to stay in a Red Cross evacuation shelter to bring the following items for each member of their family:
- prescription and emergency medication
- medical equipment such as a wheelchair/walker, oxygen, etc.
- extra clothing
- blankets and sleeping bags
- hygiene supplies
- flashlight with extra batteries
- small board games
- books for entertainment
- specialty snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions
- basic snacks
- baby food and formula
- beach chair or camp chair
- insurance papers
- other comfort items
Additionally, special items for children and infants, such as diapers, formulas and toys, should be brought, along with other items for family members who are elderly or disabled.
You may not bring illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or weapons into the shelter.
Pets are not allowed in evacuation shelters (except service animals): pet shelters may be available or you may choose to make other arrangements for your animals. http://vermontdart.org/ will also be there to help during this time.
Be certain to download the FREE Red Cross Shelter App for your Smart Phone, it will give you a list of all open shelters in your area.
Please remember, this is an evacuation shelter and while food and drinks will be provided, other amenities may not be available. By following the above list, you can help make your stay more pleasant.
DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP Everyone should download the Red Cross Emergency App to have safety information available on their mobile device, including emergency weather alerts, preparedness information and shelter locations. Red Cross apps are available in smartphone app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
People living in the affected areas should listen to local officials and obey any evacuation orders. Other safety steps include:
- Know your evacuation route.
- Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind.
- Close doors, windows and hurricane shutters. If someone doesn’t have shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
- Fill the car’s gas tank.
- Avoid flooded roads and bridges. Turn around, don’t drown.
MAKE A DONATION The work of the American Red Cross starts long before a storm moves through the region. For example, we have warehouses stocked with disaster relief supplies, thousands of trained workers, and more than 320 mobile response vehicles on standby year-round to be ready to help people in need. If we didn’t maintain these resources 24/7, we couldn’t get help to people in a timely fashion—but we depend on donations from the American public to be ready.
Help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, floods and countless other crises by making a donation to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small across the United States. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.