Hampton Shelter Guidelines

Tips for Using Hampton Shelters


  • If at all possible make arrangement to stay with a friend or relative.
  • Do not attempt to seek refuge in a shelter unless notified by authorities that it has been opened.
  • Listen to advice on evacuation and leave promptly when advised to do so.
  • Recognize that a public shelter's primary function is to provide a roof over your head. Food and blankets may not always be available.
  • Bethel High School is our designated Pet Friendly Shelter. Other shelters are not equipped or staffed for pet sheltering. Weapons and alcoholic beverages are not allowed in a shelter. Circumstances may also require a ban on cigarettes or cigar smoking.
  • Wherever you go, take provisions with you. Remember, you are not a guest, you are a refugee. Help others in a shelter any way you can.
  • Shelters will be established only as an emergency and temporary means of caring for people who cannot find refuge elsewhere.
In the event of an emergency, shelter status updates will be posted in the News Flash on this page.
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