Place this information in your smart phone for handy access. It would be especially helpful if on the road in an unfamiliar location this holiday season (or anytime really!) and disaster strikes.
All FEMA text messages are sent from their dedicated number: 43362 (4FEMA). This text FEMA message program is not a substitute for 9-1-1. During an emergency, call your local fire/EMS/police or 9-1-1.
- To search for open shelters: text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)
- For example, if you lived in Washington, DC you would text: SHELTER 20472
- Before you go to a shelter, always check with your local emergency management agency for availability & services. Searching for shelters will not add you to a list. Think of it like doing a search on the Internet.
Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC)
- To search for open Disaster Recovery Centers, text: DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)
- For example, if you lived in Washington, DC you would text: DRC 20472
- Searching for Disaster Recovery Centers will not add you to a list. Think of it like doing a search on the Internet.