- 1.Go to a shelter if you feel you need to leave your home before the weather event.
- 2.On Cape Cod, shelters are not designated by the American Red Cross.
- a. Shelters are designated and opened by local municipal officials.
- b. Shelter operations are cooperative effort between public authorities and private agencies including the American Red Cross, the Medical Reserve Corps and the Cape Cod Disaster Animal Response Team
- c. Not all shelters are announced on local radio stations
- d. Some shelters allow pets; however, the pet care is usually operated by independent organizations
3. If you elect to go to a public shelter, here are some important things that you will
need to remember: (per Cape Cod Red Cross)
- a. Red Cross shelters are safe places for you and your family to stay in the
time of a disaster. Basic needs will be provided but it is a good idea to
assemble a disaster supply kit more specific to your family’s
- b. If you cannot stay in your home please report to the nearest shelter
with a few changes of clothing, bedding, essential medications and
toiletries. Contact your family members to let them know where
you are and that you are safe.
- c. The first seventy-two hours of a disaster operation is led by the local
Red Cross chapter. It is possible that during that time supplies could
be scarce. It is important that you include meals containing nonperishable
goods in your family’s disaster kit.
- d. For the safety of all shelter occupants no guns, firearms,weapons, illegal
- substances, or alcohol will be allowed on the premises.
- e. As has been the case in past events on Cape Cod, shelters are not likely
to be opened in every town. Some towns traditionally share shelters
(e.g. Harwich and Brewster usually share the Cape Cod Regional
Technical School). The nearest shelter may be some distance away
so plan accordingly.
- f. Red Cross shelters and services are volunteer led. In the time of disaster
volunteers are greatly needed.
- g. Health and safety regulations preclude Red Cross shelters from
accepting pets. Service animals that assist people with disabilities are the
only exception. It may be difficult, if not impossible, to find shelter for
your animals in the midst of a disaster so plan ahead.
Nauset Regional High School Shelter: 100 Cable Road, Eastham
Animal Shelter: No
Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School Shelter: 210 Station Ave., Yarmouth
Animal Shelter: Yes
Sandwich High School Shelter: 365 Quaker Meetinghouse Road., Sandwich
Animal Shelter: Yes
Falmouth High School Regional Shelter: 874 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA
Barnstable High School Regional Shelter: 744 Main Street, Hyannis, MA
Animal Shelter: No
Cape Cod Regional Technical High School: 351 Pleasant Lake Ave. (Rt 124) Harwich, MA
Animal Shelter: Yes
Mashpee High School (Quashnet School), 500 Old Barnstable Road, Mashpee
In order to determine if the shelter is open, tune in to WQRC or WCIB on your radio
or contact the Mashpee Police Department at 508-539-1489. If the shelter is opened you may
call 508-539-1550 for additional information.If you require a ride to the shelter call the Mashpee
Note: Not All Shelters Are Open For Each Emergency.
- 5. Identify a safe location to bring your petundefineda pet-friendly hotel, a shelter that accepts animals, or a friend’s homeundefinedso you know where to take them in the event of adisaster. Red Cross shelters do not accept animals.
Each pet needs to be in its own carrier and owners must be sure to bring food and water for the animal, enough for at least three days.
Basic Terms: The Weather Channel and NOAA
Statements that are issued by the National Weather Service for probable weather situations of inconvenience that do not carry the danger of warning criteria, but, if not observed, could lead to hazardous situations. Some examples include snow advisories stating possible slick streets, or fog advisories for patchy fog condition causing temporary restrictions to visibility.
A cyclonic storm occurring off the east coast of North America. These winter weather events are notorious for producing heavy snow, rain, and tremendous waves that crash onto Atlantic beaches, often causing beach erosion and structural damage. Wind gusts associated with these storms can exceed hurricane force in intensity.
A severe weather condition characterized by low temperatures, winds 35 mph or greater, and sufficient falling and/or blowing snow in the air to frequently reduce visibility to 1/4 mile or less for a duration of at least 3 hours. A severe blizzard is characterized by temperatures near or below 10Â°F, winds exceeding 45 mph, and visibility reduced by snow to near zero.
The name for a tropical cyclone with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour (65 knots) or greater in the North Atlantic Ocean.
A formal advisory issued by forecasters at the National Hurricane Center when they have determined that hurricane conditions are expected in a coastal area or group of islands within a 24 hour period. A warning is used to inform the public and marine interests of the storm's location, intensity, and movement.
A formal advisory issued by forecasters at the National Hurricane Center when they have determined that hurricane conditions are a potential threat to a coastal area or group of islands within a 24 to 36 hour period. A watch is used to inform the public and marine interests of the storm's location, intensity, and movement.
An abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. Storm surge can reach heights well over 20 feet and can span hundreds of miles of coastline.
The water level rise during a storm due to the combination of storm surge and the astronomical tide.
A forecast issued when severe weather has developed, is already occurring and reported, or is detected on radar. Warnings state a particular hazard or imminent danger, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash and river floods, winter storms, heavy snows, etc.
A forecast issued well in advance of a severe weather event to alert the public of the possibility of a particular hazard, such as tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash and river floods, winter storms, or heavy snows.