What to bring to Red Cross shelters

If you plan to relocate to a Red Cross shelter during the storm, you may need these personal supplies that will not be provided there.

Bedding: Everyone occupying a shelter must bring their own sheets, blankets and pillows. If you have camping cots or inflatable mattresses, you are encouraged to bring them, as growing shelter populations will shorten cot supply.

Special needs foods, snacks: Shelter occupants who have special dietary needs must bring those foods. Shelters will provide cooked meals but no prescriptive foods. You are also encouraged to bring snacks.

Important documents: Copies of medical records, insurance information, deeds or leases, birth certificates and utility bills showing address are important to have on hand. They are not required but would be helpful in the event of an emergency.

Personal hygiene items: Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, soaps and lotions must be provided by the individual.

Medications: Bring any prescriptions or medications you need

Entertainment for children: Families are advised to bring games, books or toys that can occupy or calm kids

Pets: If you would like to bring a pet, you must provide medical records, vaccination history, and medications, current photos, veterinarian phone number, documentation of any behavior problems, alternate contact information, first aid kit, leases, collars or harnesses with ID tags, a pet carrier for each animal, food and water along with bowls for at least seven days, can opener, toys and blankets.

Red Cross Shelters opening Sunday

Sussex County

- Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway, Lewes (pet-friendly)

- Milford Middle School, 612 Lakeview Dr., Milford (pet-friendly)

- Indian River High School, 29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro (no pets)

Kent County

- Dover High School, 1 Patrick Lynn Drive, Dover (pet-friendly)

- Smyrna Middle School, 700 Duck Creek Parkway (pet-friendly)

New Castle County/Wilmington

- William Penn High School, 713 Basin Road, New Castle (pet-friendly)

- Middletown High School, 120 Silver Lake Road (pet-friendly)

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