what about guns in public shelter?

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Who runs the public shelters?? Will some cop take your guns away if you go to a public shelter?? If you are disarmed ....... what then?? hard to CYA if disarmed.. Has anyone EVER been to a public shelter?? What was your experience? I think that I will take of myself, thank you, without help from Big Brother.

-- Vlad (Strelok60@yahoo.com), November 24, 1999


Guns in a public shelter? How about cigarettes in a dynamite factory? Unless you are totally unprepared I think you are right about just taking care of yourself.

-- Gus (y2kk@usa.net), November 24, 1999.

No public shelter I've ever heard of will allow firearms into a shelter. You'll have to surrender them at the door or look elsewhere. If you're preparing in advance in the first place you shouldn't need to go to a shelter, they are for those who are caught unawares or unprepared.

FWIW, I've been in a shelter and worked in them. The Red Cross runs shelters, local county emergency management has their own and sometimes state and federal level organizations do as well. Church organizations and some non-governmental emergency management type organizations may as well.

Many shelters won't accept pets either so you'll need to check out in advance what to do with any pets before showing up at the door. Anyone with special physical or medical needs should do the same. Check with your local county or city emergency management agency for details on your local situations.


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-- A.T. Hagan (athagan@sprintmail.com), November 24, 1999.

Look in the archives and you will find somewhere a WHOLE LONG LIST of what you may not bring into a shelter, besides guns! Also, what they may confiscate from you there to "share" with others who didn't bring a bugout bag. Pretty scarey. Better to bug out at home.

-- Elaine Seavey (Gods1sheep@aol.com), November 24, 1999.

(Note: My comment below assumes an 8-10 scenario):

Please!!! Unless you are absolutely destitute, there is almost no situation where you should go willingly to a public shelter! Just picture the disease, noise, and what would happen when the food and/or water ran out in a number of days.

It seems to me that it would simply be an extremely terrifying situation leading to certain death just a few days or weeks away. Just look at it as a death camp, not a shelter.

I'm really sorry if this post upsets anyone, but I feel it's crucial that I get this point across.

Again, this comment may not necessarily apply if you envision a middle of the road scenario or less.

-- eve (123@4567.com), November 24, 1999.

An addendum to my post above:

Of course in an 8-10 scenario, I couldn't even imagine a public shelter. Among many other problems that would make this a practical impossibility, where would the staff come from?

-- eve (123@4567.com), November 24, 1999.

We have to consider whether we will evacuate to a shelter (or stay in a VERY solid home) for a hurricane. They will not allow pets in the shelters...We will stay for even a Category 5...

-- Mad Monk (madmonk@hawaiian.net), November 24, 1999.

I agree. I'd rather freeze my parts than surrender my options. Think again if you believe that any gun turned over to the "authorities" would ever be returned.

-- chairborne commando (what-me-worry@armageddon.com), November 25, 1999.

I have no intention of going to a shelter. I have a couple pet birds who mean a *lot* to me, and I do not deal well with screaming, crying kids, hysterical people, and being packed like a sardine. This is why I have prepared. If we *have* to leave, we, birds, provisions & gear are set. Even if they were allowed, I wouldn't bring any weapon into a shelter. You have *no* privacy & no way to secure anything of yours. it's also very high stress & a lot of tension. If you munch on something, everyone wants some. I was in a shelter for about 35 min. I left figuring my vehicle in the blizzard was better than the probable homicide if that screaming, crying, spoiled kid tried to go into my daypack again to find candy (I had none) & mommie's hysterical threats when I told the kid to get lost. I was one of the few with a pack or anything personal. I was *not* amused. After I left, I found a parking lot several blocks away & I was warm, happy & fed thanks to the sleeping bag, blanket, & chow.


-- Dusty (Dustyg@indy.net), November 26, 1999.

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