If a neighborhood becomes too dangerous to remain in, authorities may order an evacuation. When that happens, the Town, in cooperation with Red Cross and state officials, will open a shelter at Moultonborough Academy. You are not required to go to a shelter if you can make your own arrangements. Regardless of where you go when evacuated, take personal supplies and other essential items with you:
- Personal hygiene products
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses
- Prescription medications and prescriptions
- At least one change of seasonally-appropriate clothing
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Cash and credit cards
- Books and Games for Children
Evacuations are not common in New Hampshire. When they occur, it is more likely to be a neighborhood being evacuated because of localized flooding than the kind of mass evacuation of wide areas required because of a hurricane that occurs so frequently in southern states. Nevertheless, everyone should be familiar with evacuation procedures in case of need.
One final point on evacuations and shelters, pets will not be admitted. Only service animals such as seeing-eye dogs are allowed. Pets should be left with a friend or neighbor in an unaffected area with a three-day supply of food and water. Moultonborough is currently working on a plan to shelter animals.
If you have questions about emergency planning for individuals and families, contact the Town of Moultonborough Emergency Management Director at 476-5658 or email the New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency Management or call 800-852-3792.