IMMIGRANTS- KNOW YOUR RIGHTS DURING THE HURRICANE
WHAT DOCUMENTS TO BRING TO SHELTERS
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ALL YOUR VALUABLE DOCUMENTS SAVED IN A FOLDER OR ZIP LOCK BAG. This should include all immigration documents, and your passport.
WHEN ENTERING A SHELTER DO NOT PRESENT ANYTHING OTHER THAN A VALID ID. If you are undocumented do not present false documents or your passport as this can make you vulnerable to disclosing your personal information.
IF YOU ARE UNDOCUMENTED ONLY PROVIDE THE SHELTERS PROOF OF RESIDENCY. This can include a water or electricity bill, with your name on it.
DO NOT ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR NATIONALITY OR CITIZENSHIP STATUS. You have the right to remain silent. Immigration can use anything you say against you.
NO ONE SHOULD BE DENIED ENTRANCE TO A SHELTER DURING A HURRICANE EVACUATION. Shelters will be only requiring a complete name, and proof of residency if the person does not have a valid ID.
The first sign that you are being detained because of your immigration status, is when you are asked 1) “What country are you from?” or 2) “Do you have any Immigration Papers” – DO NOT ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS!
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHELTER INFORMATION
HILSBOROUGH COUNTY WILL NOT BE TURNING ANYONE AWAY AT SHELTERS OR CHECKING FOR IMMIGRATION STATUS.
ON SATURDAY, SEPTERMBER 9TH AT 8:00AM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WILL OPEN SHELTERS TO RESIDENTS IN EVACUATION ZONE A AND EVACUEES FROM OTHER COUNTIES.
For a list of open shelters, please visit: http://www.plantcitygov.com/DocumentCenter/Home/View/22870 or call (813) 272-5900 to their Info Line.
PINELLAS COUNTY SHELTER INFORMATION
PINELLAS COUNTY REQUIRES A VALID PROOF OF RESIDENCY TO ENTER A SHELTER, IF THE PERSON DOES NOT HAVE A VALID ID. HOWEVER, NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY.
PINELLAS COUNTY WILL OPEN SHELTERS FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN LEVEL A AND MOBILE HOME RESIDENTS ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 AT 12:00PM.
For a complete list of the shelters available visit: http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/shelters.htm or you can call (727)- 464-3800.