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American Red Cross services, including food and shelter, are always provided at no cost.


Who can stay at a shelter?

Everyone is welcome at a Red Cross shelter. The Red Cross does not discriminate based on nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, disability, political opinions, sexual orientation, or gender identity. If you need to leave your home due to a disaster or emergency, you are welcome to come to a Red Cross shelter.

Your service animal is also welcome. Please speak with a shelter worker if your service animal is in need of food or supplies.

Do I need to make a reservation?

If you need our help, come to the shelter. If you want to speak with someone in advance, it’s best to contact your local Red Cross chapter. But please understand: in times of crisis, everyone at the chapter office may be busy providing shelter services.

What should I bring?

Emergencies can happen suddenly and you may not have time to pack. Your safety is most important – grab your loved ones and get out of harm’s way! However if you do have time to pack, please consider these tips.

Do Bring:

  • Bedding
  • Clothing
  • Medications
  • Your child’s stuffed animal,
  • Blanket or other “lovey”
  • Your emergency kit

Don’t Bring:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons


Operating a Red Cross Shelter Training for Congregations

Updated on June 2, 2021

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