Shelter Information

Shelter Information
The Town has designated two locations to be used as public shelters.  Which shelter/s are open is determined by the nature of the emergency and the location of the shelter.  The shelters are:

       Bourne Veteran’s Memorial Community Building
       239 Main Street

       Bourne Middle School
       77 Waterhouse Road

Shelters provide a safe and secure environment out of the expected threat zone.  As such, during a hurricane or flood surge threat, the Community Building may not be opened until after the threat has passed.  
Shelters may be opened during a severe winter storm that has resulted in widespread power outages. The shelters would provide a warm respite from cold homes, but may not necessarily be open overnight.

REMEMBER - A SHELTER IS A LIFE BOAT, NOT A CRUISE SHIP:  if you are in a shelter due to a disaster or other emergency, our mission is to provide residents with the basics - a safe and secure place to get you through the situation at hand.

What to Bring to a Shelter
If you go to a shelter, you should bring the following items for each member of your family:

  • Personal toiletries
  • Towels
  • Prescription medication and over the counter medication used daily
  • Change of clothes for 2-3 days
  • Any personal essential you or your family may need
  • Table games, cards, or reading materials
  • Any particular food items needed for you or your family's well being

 Before leaving for the shelter be sure to let family or friends outside of the area of where you are going.

Red Cross Regional Shelters
The Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC) and the American Red Cross have developed a system of five regional shelters located across Cape Cod.  These shelters when activated will be staffed with specially trained shelter personnel and will have a medical component that can address non-emergency medical needs as well as a animal sheltering unit that can accommodate domestic house pets separate from people.  Bourne residents seeking overnight shelter and meals or having medical needs or pets, should consider using the regional shelter at either the Sandwich High School, 54 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Sandwich; or the Falmouth High School,  874 Gifford Street, Falmouth.