By Barbara Brown
(Tumon, Guam) The Joint Information Center is encouraging anyone who is homeless or living in substandard homes to seek shelter at one of the island's three emergency shelters:
Machananao Elementary School for northern residents
B.P. Carbullido Elementary School for central residents
Inarajan Middle School for southern residents
The shelters have been open since 7 p.m. tonight. Residents who can drive to one of these shelters are encouraged to do so, safely in this rain. For those who do not have transportation or who are disabled, are asked to contact the mayor's office so your mayor can coordinate your transportation. Each village mayor's office is designated as the gathering place for residents needing transportation to the shelters.
Below the list of contact numbers for each mayor's office will be lists of what you are encouraged to bring and prohibited not to bring, and behavior and activities not allowed:
WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE TO THE SHELTER?
1. 7-day supply of food and water for all members of your family
3. Personal hygiene products
5. 7-day of supply for infants and toddlers, including diapers and formula
6. Valid Photo ID
7. Important documents including birth certificates, passports and medical immunization cards
Be respectful to fellow residents and staff. No foul language, abusive behavior, stealing or destruction of property will be accepted or tolerated
Busing to/from shelters is available at the Mayors’ Office
Bring a 7-day supply of food, water & prescriptions; infants & toddlers should have a 7- day supply of disposable diapers, baby formula & baby food
Bring bedding, toiletries, toilet tissue, and personal hygiene products
Must complete registration. Bring a form of valid I.D.
Must report Tuberculosis or flu-like symptoms
Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and weapons are not allowed in the shelter or on the shelter grounds. Persons caught in possession will be asked to leave the shelter and in some cases turned over to law enforcement personnel. Persons determined to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will not be admitted, or readmitted to the shelter.
Public Law 21-139 dictates that there is no smoking on school premises. Smoking is not allowed in the shelter. Smoking is permitted outside the campus in designated smoking areas only. Please dispose of cigarette butts properly.
Quiet hours will be announced and enforced in the sleeping areas. However, sleeping areas should be kept quiet at all times.
If you bring vital documents (i.e. Birth records, passports, etc.), secure them or keep them on you at all times. The shelter is not responsible for these items if stolen.
Parents must maintain responsibility and supervision for their children. Children must never be left unattended.
No cooking or gas stoves
For your safety DO NOT LEAVE THE SHELTER before COR 4 has been declared
Only service animals are allowed at this time.
Pets cannot be sheltered at this time. For those seeking shelter for their pets, make plans for them now to stay with a loved one, friend or family member as pets will not be allowed in the emergency shelters.