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Evacuation Plans

Preparing to evacuate: American Red Cross Suggests Emergency Bag Include

1. All required medications and medical support equipment (two-week supply):

- Wheelchair/walker, oxygen, dressings, feeding & suction equipment, diapers, etc.

- Any specific medication or care instructions

- Name and phone number of physician/home health care agency/hospital where you receive care

2. Special dietary needs: any specific foods necessary to meet health requirements, including diabetes, food allergies, etc. (three-day supply per person).

3. Food and liquids: non-perishable food and drinks, including formula and baby food (three-day supply per person).

4. Sleeping gear: pillow, blanket, portable cot, folding beach lounge chair, and/or sleeping bag for each person. Evacuation shelters tend to be cold, so bring a blanket or sweater to keep warm. Cots or beds are not provided in short-term (i.e., several days) evacuation shelters.

5. Important papers: wills, deeds, licenses, insurance policies, home inventory, doctor’s orders, do not resuscitate, living wills, etc.

6. Identification: with photo and current address and medical identification cards.

7. Cash: check cashing and credit card services may not be available for several days after a disaster. However, please remember, there will not be a place to secure money or valuables at an evacuation shelter.

8. Comfort items: small games, cards, diapers, books, batteries, flash light, first aid kit, manual can opener, etc.

9. Personal hygiene items: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, towels, brush/comb, dentures, glasses, eye drops, hearing aids and batteries, etc.

10. Extra clothing: a one-week supply of comfortable clothing and extra sets of underwear and socks.

Pets are often not allowed in Evacuation Centers (except service animals). Please contact your county’s Department of Emergency Management to learn where pet-friendly shelters are located before a disaster happens.


  • The Red Cross recommends making evacuation plans that include staying with family or friends that are out of the path of the storm, but within reasonable driving distance
  • The Red Cross and local emergency management teams open shelters on an incident-specific bases
  • Never go to a shelter unless local officials have announced it is open
  • Shelters are typically opened in areas that are forecasted to be less affected or are better suited for flooding
  • Shelters open around the time a hurricane watch is issued
  • Check local (county/city) emergency management website, Red Cross Emergency App,

  Evacuating with Pets:

  • Public Red Cross shelters DO NOT accept pets (service animals are accepted) due to health and sanitation concerns
  • Some counties have shelters that allow pets, but they are usually limited
  • Items you will need to be admitted with your pet to a pet friendly public shelter; current rabies vaccination certificate, leash and collar, county animal license, crate or cage, food, cleaning supplies, medications, comfort items for your pet
  • Find Pet Friendly Hotels using these sites:
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The Latest Headlines You Need To Know

  • The U.S. and Turkey agreed Thursday to a five-day ceasefire in Syria, Vice President Mike Pence announced at a news conference in Turkey. >> Read more trending news  Pence said military operations will be paused for 120 hours on the border between Turkey and Syria to give U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds time to withdraw from the area. 'The Turkish side will pause Operation Peace Spring in order to allow for the withdrawal of YPG forces from the safe zone for 120 hours,' Pence said. 'All military operations under Operation Peace Spring will be paused, and Operation Peace Spring will be halted entirely on completion of the withdrawal.' The announcement came after a high-level delegation, including Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. Trump praised the announcement Thursday while speaking with reporters in Forth Worth, Texas. He credited his threat of sanctions on Turkey as 'tough love' that led to the ceasefire. 'This is an incredible outcome,' Trump said. 'It's a great day for the United States. It's a great day for Turkey.' Erdogan announced Turkey launched a military operation in northern Syria last week, days after Trump pulled U.S. troops out of the region. Trump disavowed the decision in statement, saying he 'made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.' The Associated Press reported the agreement, 'essentially gives the Turks what they had sought to achieve with their military operation in the first place.' Kurdish forces were not party to the agreement, and it was not immediately clear whether they would comply. Ankara has long argued the Kurdish fighters are nothing more than an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which has waged a guerrilla campaign inside Turkey since the 1980s and which Turkey, as well as the U.S. and European Union, designate as a terrorist organization. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • The next Group of Seven summit will be held in June at Trump National Doral Miami, one of President Donald Trump's golf resorts in Florida, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney announced Thursday. >> Read more trending news  Mulvaney said officials considered about a dozen different locations for the meeting, which will be held June 10-12. 'Doral was far and away the best physical facility for this meeting,' Mulvaney said, adding that a site selection official told him, 'It's almost like they built this facility to host this type of event.' The site was chosen despite ongoing investigations into whether Trump has used his office for personal gain. Mulvaney said Thursday that he was unconcerned by the appearance of a conflict of interest. He told reporters Doral was chosen partially because the site was dramatically cheaper than others officials considered. 'There's no issue here on him profiting from this in any way, shape or form,' Mulvaney said. Trump has touted his resort, saying it's close to the airport, has plenty of hotel rooms and offers separate buildings for every delegation. When the United States has hosted the summit before, it has been held in Puerto Rico; Williamsburg, Virginia; Houston; Denver; Sea Island, Georgia; and Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
  • Tropical storm warnings are in place along the Florida Panhandle for a tropical system that doesn’t even have a name yet. Potential Tropical Cyclone 16 is currently off the coast of Mexico in the southwest Gulf of Mexico.  In recent days, meteorologists at the National Hurricane Center have increased the storm’s chances of tropical development to 90-percent as of the NHC’s latest advisory. The storm is not expected to reach hurricane strength, but it is forecast to make landfall this weekend over the Panhandle as Tropical Storm Nestor. News 96.5 WDBO spoke to the National Weather Service office in Melbourne about what impacts Central Florida could see from the storm.  Meteorologist Scott Kelly says it could impact your weekend plans. “It looks like it will mainly be a rain producer for us with some embedded strong thunderstorms.  We’re not expecting a lot of strong winds with it, although there could be some strong winds with the thunderstorms that come through early on this weekend,” said Kelly. 
  • Authorities in Mississippi on Thursday announced a pair of toddlers reported missing one day earlier had been found safe. >> Read more trending news  The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation issued an Amber Alert on Wednesday after Dior Wade, 3, and Zarie Wade, 1, vanished from Copiah County. Update 12:15 p.m. EDT Oct. 17: Police canceled an Amber Alert issued for Dior Wade, 3, and Zarie Wade, 1, on Thursday after the toddlers were found safe. Authorities did not immediately provide more details about the circumstances surrounding their recovery on Thursday. Original report: Authorities in Mississippi are searching for two missing children. According to an Amber Alert, Dior Wade, 3, was last seen in Copiah County. She is 3 feet tall with brown eyes and brown hair, authorities said. She was wearing a black shirt, leopard-print pants and black boots, the alert said. Zarie Wade, 1, is also missing, according to authorities. He is 3 feet tall with brown eyes and brown hair with twists. Zarie was last seen wearing camo pants, a turquoise shirt and brown shoes, the Amber Alert said. Dior and Zarie were last seen around 4:39 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said. Investigators believe they could be traveling north toward Hinds County. They are accompanied by Teanna Dixon, 28, and Derek Young, 29, the alert said. They were driving at 2016 silver Lincoln MKZ with Georgia license plate RTI 3239, authorities said. The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Washington Insider

  • Brushing aside questions about the ethics of hosting the G-7 summit at one of President Donald Trump's own  golf properties, the White House announced Thursday that the 2020 meeting of the G-7 will take place at the President's Doral resort in Miami, Florida. “Doral was by far and away - far and away - the best physical facility for this meeting,” said Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney. Pressed repeatedly by reporters in a rare Q&A in the White House Briefing Room, Mulvaney gave the back of the hand to any ethical concerns. Democrats in Congress said the decision just screamed self-dealing by the President. “This is corruption in the open,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA). “Corruption in plain sight is still corruption,” said Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA). “Unbelievably brazen. Taxpayer and foreign money funneled right to his own club as a result of a decision he is making as President,” tweeted Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY). “This is just open corruption,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ). “Congress should block any taxpayer money from going to G7 while it's at Trump's resort,” said Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). “This is a textbook case of unconstitutional conduct,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD). “By holding G7 summit at his own resort, the President is using his office to enrich himself,” said Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL). “This is corruption, plain and simple,” said Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is running for President. Outside ethics watchdog groups chimed in immediately. “By treating the G7 summit like a commercial for his businesses, inviting foreign governments to line his pockets and hold their next meeting at his Doral, FL golf course next year, he mocks the Constitution he swore to uphold,” said Constitutional Accountability Center President Elizabeth Wydra.