What to Bring to a Shelter

  • Photo identification (Driver's License)
  • Change of clothing
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Hygiene or sanitary products
  • Medications, prescription & over-the-counter
  • Eyeglasses
  • Dentures  
  • Baby food/formula, diapers, wipes, teething gel, ointment
  • Water in plastic containers, 3 day supply
  • Food & snacks, non-perishable, 3 day supply
  • Cell phone
  • Flashlight & extra batteries
  • Battery powered radio & extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Entertainment (toys, books, games, etc.)

Important Papers to Take With You:

  • Social security card
  • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
  • Insurance policies
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Stocks, bonds, and other negotiable certificates
  • Wills, deeds, copies of recent tax returns