Shelter Evacuation

If you need to evacuate your home and it is not possible to go stay with a relative or friend, evacuation to a designated shelter may be a consideration.

Note: A shelter is intended to be an option of last resort, as you will not receive the same level of care as in your home (or the home of a relative or friend) and the conditions of the shelter may be stressful.

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Planning a Shelter Evacuation

If you have a caregiver, the caregiver should accompany you and remain with you at the shelter. Caregivers who regularly assist a patient in the home are expected to continue to do the same in a shelter. The shelter will not have personnel to provide any necessary care to the patient. You should check with your local Emergency Management Office for the designated shelter in your area, as shelters are sometimes established specifically for a particular emergency. If you have a service animal or other pets you plan to take with you, be sure to check with the Emergency Management Office or shelter to see if they are allowed before going to the shelter.

Supplies for a Shelter Evacuation

The following is a recommended list of supplies to accompany you to a shelter:

  • Bed sheets, blankets, pillows, folding lawn chair or cot, air mattress
  • Cell phone and emergency numbers for
    • Hospice of the Piedmont
    • Physician
    • Pharmacy
    • Oxygen supplier (if applicable)
    • Supplier of your durable medical equipment (wheelchair, walker, other medical
    • supplies)
  • Copy of your Advance Directive and Durable Do Not Resuscitate Order (DDNR)
  • Prescription and non-prescription medication needed for at least 3 days
  • Other medical supplies (chux, briefs, dressing supplies, creams, etc.) for at least 3 days
  • A copy of your hospice Plan of Care
  • Patient identification with current address
  • Personal snacks, drinks, and any special non-perishable dietary foods for at least 3 days
  • At least one gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days
  • Eyeglasses, hearing aids and batteries, prosthetics, and any other assistive devices
  • Personal hygiene items for at least 3 days
  • Extra clothing for 3 days
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Books, magazines, quiet games, etc., as desired