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Sheltering Info

Emergency Management Shelter Guide

Causes for sheltering could be natural or man-made events such as: (ice storms / hurricanes / tornadoes or hazardous materials incidents).

Currently the anticipated shelter location for the town is the Portland Middle School / High School complex. As long as there remains power this can be used as the site. Alternate locations with generators that possibly could be considered are the (3) Fire Stations.

When reporting to a shelter, regardless if it is for an anticipated short term or long term stay, the following need to be considered, on average your living space will be approximately 40 square feet, pack accordingly. There is also NO SMOKING allowed within the shelter / school itself.

What to bring with you:

  • All medications. You will need to maintain them.

  • Supply of personal toiletries, incl. hand towels.

  • Pillows, blankets, cot or single person air mattress, sleeping bag.

  • Reading materials, glasses.

  • Change of cloths.

  • Personal radios with headsets.

  • Personal necessary info (Insurance Co. / other important phone number's, etc).

  • Items for special dietary needs.

What NOT to bring:

  • Pets of any kind. Have a plan to shelter your pets prior to having to evacuate yourself.

  • Stereo type radios.

  • Toys (card or board games are ok).

  • Furniture.

  • Personal/valuable belongings. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items within the shelter.

  • Weapons of Any kind.

  • Alcohol or illicit drugs.

  • Items of clothing, etc. for donations, or large amount of clothing for yourself - there will be No storage capabilities.

When checking in you will be asked to complete some simple informational forms and assigned an area within the school.

Respect for each others personal space and needs (i.e. noise volume while others are trying to sleep) will be necessary and greatly appreciated.

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