Red Cross Shelters -- What To Bring

Essential Family Items to Bring to Red Cross Shelters When Disaster Strikes

When a disaster strikes, the American Red Cross is there for individuals and families in need of emergency relief. When going to a Red Cross shelter, the Red Cross asks residents to bring the following essential items for each member of the family:

  • Prescriptions and emergency medications
  • Foods that meet unusual dietary requirementsImportant personal documents
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items
  • Supplies needed for children and infants, such as diapers, formula and toys
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
  • Chargers for any electronic devices you bring with you
  • Books, games and other ways to entertain your family and yourself
Note – Public health regulations do not permit pets in shelters; service animals are permitted.