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City of Portsmouth Emergency Shelter Information

The information contained on this page may be changed based on the type and intensity of an impending emergency.

Please check for updates in the event of an impending or ongoing emergency situation.

Download a copy of Portsmouth Emergency Shelter Locations and General Shelter Rules, (pdf file)

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In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, emergency shelters will be opened as needed and in coordination with the local school system, the American Red Cross, and the local government. Red Cross and other emergency shelters are intended to provide temporary mass housing for persons displaced due to disaster.  The shelters selected will be those most appropriate depending on the impending or occurring event.

The intent is to return evacuees to their normal living arrangements as soon as possible.



General Shelter Rules


The following are general Shelter Rules that will be enforced to protect all evacuees.

Please check at your shelter for additional rules that may apply.

  • Evacuees are required to sign in before being officially admitted to any shelter.

  • Evacuees are responsible for their belongings.

  • Valuables should be locked in cars, or kept with the evacuees at all times.

  • The shelter is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

  • No weapons are permitted in the shelter except those that may be carried by security personnel.

  • No alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted in the shelter.

  • Parents are responsible for controlling the actions and whereabouts of their children.

    • Children cannot be left unattended.

  • Noise levels should be kept to a minimum during all hours of the day.

  • Quiet hours are observed between 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

  • “Shelter Hopping” is not permitted.

  • Please notify the shelter registrar for referral to the paramedic for any medical condition or medications.

  • Assistance in keeping the shelter neat and orderly will be greatly appreciated.


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Last updated September, 2011