Emergency Preparedness for the Off-Campus Student

Who is Responsible for providing emergency shelter, food, etc. in a crisis?

Emergency preparedness for the on-campus resident student is usually managed by the University. During a crisis, when normal campus living activities are disrupted, UNE would typically provide shelter, food and sanitation facilities, etc., to those who live on campus. For those of us who reside away from campus, the responsibility for our basic needs rests with ourselves and the city or town where we live.

What emergency supplies should I collect and store in the event of an emergency?

FEMA, the Federal Emergency management Agency, recommends storing and maintaining the following basic supplies for every household:

  • Three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Three-day supply of water - one gallon of water per person, per day
  • Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and manual
  • Sanitation and hygiene items (moist towelettes and toilet paper)
  • Matches and waterproof container
  • Whistle
  • Extra clothing
  • Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a can opener
  • Photocopies of credit and identification cards
  • Cash and coins
  • Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solutions, and hearing aid batteries
  • Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, wipes and pacifiers
  • Other items to meet your unique family n

During the winter months, you must think about warmth. It is possible that you will not have heat. Think about your clothing and bedding supplies. Be sure to include one complete change of clothing and shoes per person, including:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Long pants
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Hat, mittens and scarf
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket (per person)

How will I be informed of an emergency?

Almost every local television and radio station provides emergency information when the need arises. For our area, the following media outlets provide up-to-date information ranging from weather advisories to emergency shelter locations.







What if I have to leave my home? Where do I find a public shelter?

In Maine, each community is responsible for establishing shelters for its residents and visitors. Usually, the Red Cross staffs and maintains these shelters. During a crisis, local television and radio stations will announce the locations of shelters (see above). Typically, these include schools or other public buildings.

What resources will I find at a shelter? What do I need to bring with me?

  • A shelter will not provide the comforts of a hotel or motel.
  • The shelter is not a medical shelter; only basic first aid will be available. 
  • The Red Cross does not accept responsibility for storing valuable personal property. 
  • Parents are required to be in control of their children at all times.
  • Evacuees needing medical assistance of personal attendants cannot be left unattended. 
  • Shelters are equipped with generators, but they may or may not be air-conditioned. If electrical power is interrupted, portable generators will not be able to keep air conditioners running.


To make your stay at the shelter more comfortable, you should bring:

  • Personal hygiene items
  • Beddings such as cots, air mattresses, blankets and pillows for your own use  
  • Non-perishable snacks and personal meals 
  • Extra changes of clothing 
  • Personal items (medications, eyeglasses, hearing aids, flashlights, toothbrushes, battery-operated radios, special diet foods) 
  • Baby supplies: baby food, formula, juice, diapers, wipes, stroller, portable crib or play pen 
  • Driver's license and other identification 
  • Cash 


  • Have a good meal. 
  • Turn off electricity at the fuse box (to prevent possible fire). 
  • Turn off water at the outside line. 
  • Turn off gas for gas water heaters (to prevent possible fire).

What NOT to Bring

The following are not permitted in an emergency shelter:

  • Pets of any type are not allowed in Red Cross shelters. (The only exception is a Pet Friendly Shelter.)
  • Firearms or explosive devices 
  • Intoxicating or alcoholic beverages 
  • Illegal drugs


You must register at the time you enter the shelter. The head of the family may register for all members.

What are my other options if I choose not to go to a shelter?

There are other options. However, bear in mind that unlike a public shelter, staying at a hotel will be at your own expense. There are numerous motels and hotels in York County and Cumberland County and we’ve listed a few for you.  Make sure to call ahead to be certain they have power, running water and food available.


PORTLAND area Hotels/Motels

Holiday Inn Portland West
81 Riverside St. · Portland
(800) 356-3584 · 200 Rooms

Howard Johnson Portland
155 Riverside St. · Portland
(207) 774-5861 · 120 Rooms

Inn At St. John
939 Congress St. · Portland
(207) 773-6481 · 37 Rooms

The Percy Inn
15 Pine Street · Portland
(207) 871-7638 · 2 Rooms · 2 Suites

West End Inn
146 Pine Street · Portland
(207) 772-1377 · 6 Rooms

Hilton Garden Inn
145 Jetport Blvd. · Portland
(207) 828-1117 · 90 Rooms 

Hilton Garden Inn Portland 
Downtown Waterfront
65 Commercial St. · Portland
(207) 780-0780

Portland Harbor Hotel
468 Fore Street · Portland
(207) 775-9090 · 97 Rooms · 13 Suites

Clarion Hotel Portland
1230 Congress St. · Portland
(207) 774-5611 · 149 Rooms 

Super 8 Motel Westbrook
208 Larrabee Rd. · Westbrook
(207) 854-1881 · 105 Rooms

Motel 6
1 Riverside St. · Portland
(207) 775-0111 · 127 Rooms

Inn On Carleton
46 Carleton St. · Portland
(207) 775-1910 · 6 Rooms

Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street · Portland
(800) 356-3584 · 240 Rooms 

LaQuinta Inn & Suites Portland
340 Park Avenue · Portland
(207) 871-0611 · 105 Rooms

Inn by the Sea
40 Bowery Beach Rd. · Cape Elizabeth
(207) 799-3134 · 43 Suites

Back Cove Inn
575 Forest Avenue · Portland
(207) 772-2557 · 5 Rooms

Embassy Suites Hotel
1050 Westbrook St. · Portland
(207) 775-2200 · 120 Suites

Travelodge Portland
1200 Brighton Ave. · Portland
(207) 774-6101 · 131 Rooms

Wild Iris Inn
273 State Street · Portland
(207) 775-0224 · 7 Rooms · 1 Suite

The Danforth
163 Danforth St. · Portland
(207) 879-8755 · 11 Rooms

Eastland Park Hotel
157 High Street · Portland
(207) 775-5411 · 207 Rooms 

The Portland Regency Hotel
20 Milk Street · Portland
(207) 774-4200 · 87 Rooms · 8 Suites

Pomegranate Inn
49 Neal Street · Portland
(207) 772-1006 · 8 Rooms

Inn at Portland
1150 Brighton Ave. · Portland
(207) 775-3711 · 122 Rooms


Comfort Suites Biddeford
(207) 294-6464

Biddeford Motel
(207) 284-8924 

Waves Ocean Front Resort
(207) 934-4949 

Edgewater Motel
(207) 934-2221 

Super 8 Sanford/ Kennebunkport 
(207) 324-8823 

Rodeway Inn
(207) 282-5569 

Ocean Walk Hotel
(207) 934-1716

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
(207) 286-9600 

Hampton Inn
(207) 282-7222 

Beau Rivage Motel
(800) 939-4668 

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