Shelter To Share

Having a plan can be the best way to get through an emergency. Many have shelters ready in case a big storm breaks out. On the other hand, many don't and aren't quite sure what to do when an emergency hits.

One man is trying to get those two groups together.

Joan Clymens wheels her mother into the hallway and places a helmet on her head. In their home they believe this is the safest thing to do in the event of an emergency.

Clymens says some place safer would put her mind more at ease.

"It would be valuable to us to know if there is a place around, especially handicap accessible, and so that we could go there, and be safer there."

Jacob Hamik, of Findashelter.com, has developed a new resource that could help.

It's a free website that links up those who have shelters to share to people like Joan who need somewhere to go.

"It's a very quick, useful tool," says Hamik, "If you lose power, you still have your cell phones, and you usually have service in the event of a power loss."

The site reads the user's location and shows nearby shelters that are available. Hamik says it has the power to connect people instantly

Some might feel strange about sharing a shelter.

Elizabeth Olinger says she'd rather help those in need, "It's very scary when you have nowhere to go. You don't know where to go. You don't know where to hide. You're like, 'Do I go in the tub? Do I go in this room? Do I go over here?'"

The website acts as a quick answer to the question "where?," and it could make a difference when it comes to emergencies.

Users can list their shelter when and as long as they feel comfortable. Some choose to use it only during the day of a storm.


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