Important information if you are experiencing homelessness and currently living/sleeping in the out-of-doors.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COVID-19

Safety considerations:

  • Wash your hands multiple times per day. If you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer if it is available.
  • Avoid crowds/large groups of people. It is recommended that people social distance and do not participate in groups larger than ten (10) people.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet with other people.
  • If you sneeze or cough, aim your mouth at your arm pit.
  • Washing your hands and social distancing is the best way to stay healthy!

If you are worried or fearful that you may have the virus, ask yourself these questions:

  • Have I had direct contact with someone who has been diagnosed with the Corona Virus/Covid-19? OR
  • Am I experiencing symptoms? In the last two weeks, have I had a fever or felt feverish, a new or changed cough, or new or increased shortness of breath. OR
  • Have you traveled recently outside the United States?

If you can answer yes to any of the above three questions, call the 24/7 COVID-19 Hotline at 954-412-7300.  Or call 911.  Or make your way to the nearest hospital.

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SLEEPING SAFELY IN THE OUT-OF-DOORS

  • There is safety in numbers. Sleep and travel in small groups (less than ten).
  • Seek out well-lit places – remain in well-lit places to avoid danger.
  • Trust your “Spidery” sense. If something does not feel right, then trust your gut and seek out a public place.  Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Change patterns and times of activities. Do not be predictable, change your routine frequently.  Avoid “check day” at the ATM if possible.  Use different ATM’s, use indoor ATM’s.
  • Be aware of your location/address, you may need to call 911 and give them your location.
  • Do not trespass and sleep on private property. FYI – Public property is for all citizens, both homeless and housed.

When in trouble and if you feel like you are in danger:

  • If you have a whistle, blow your whistle – yell for help – make as much noise as possible.
  • Call 911, Run!
  • If you become a victim of crime, call 911 immediately and file a report with law enforcement.

 

TaskForce 03/2020

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