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Shelters provide a refuge of last resort. There will be very little privacy and conditions might be crowded. The Town of Southold does not provide food or water, so food will be very scarce. Depending on the shelter there may not be showers or bedding available. Based on this prepare accordingly by bringing your own supplies which includes your emergency supplies kit.
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When a disaster strikes, the overall authority for directing emergency operations in the Town of Southold resides with the Town Supervisor/Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and the Chief of Police/Deputy Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.
If you must evacuate your home, because you live in an evacuation zone or you feel unsafe in your home, your first choice should be to stay with family or friends in a location outside the evacuation zone. This is where you will probably be most comfortable. Keep in mind that our shelters only provide emergency, short-term sheltering to the public. They do not provide adequate supplies of food, water and bedding, so individuals seeking shelter are encouraged to bring an Emergency Supplies Kit. An Emergency Supplies Kit could include items such as bottled water, snacks, prescription and emergency medication, extra clothing, pillows, blankets and other comfort items, hygiene supplies, and cash. See the Emergency Preparedness section of the Town’s website for more information.