Michael Faulkner, Director
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Shelter Supplies Kit

Planning on going to one of Okeechobee's shelters during a severe weather event?

Are you aware that shelters are not required to provide you any comforts other then a roof over your head?

Do you know you may be in that shelter for a number of days?

Okeechobee shelters, as well as the others throughout the state are not pleasant places to be in. They will probably be crowded, noisy, smelly, and most of all, uncomfortable.

It is recommended that you prepare a shelter supplies kit to bring with you to the shelter to increase your comfort and to make your stay as pleasant as possible.

Your shelter supply kit should include:

  • Ready to eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables.

  • One gallon of water per person per day (figure for 72 hours)

  • Canned juices, milk and soup.

  • First Aid kit that includes your families medications.

  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.

  • Sanitation supplies.

  • Special needs items for infants, elderly or disable family members.

  • Clothing and bedding (cot or sleeping bag).

  • Extra set of car keys, credit cards or travel checks.

  • Keep important family papers in a water and fire proof container.

  • Reading materials, games, puzzles, etc., to help you pass the time and keep children occupied.

Once the storm is past you will most likely be allowed to return to your home unless there has been major damage to your home or area or the roads and area are impassable. You must be self sufficient for 72 hours until help arrives from out of the area.



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