With the approach of Hurricane Sandy, the Red Cross said some Port Chester residents have been taking advantage of an emergency shelter that opened Sunday night.
The shelter opened as Port Chester declared an emergency and an evacuation order was issued for several neighborhoods Sunday night.
The Red Cross reports that eight people were at the shelter at Port Chester High School overnight, and that another 18 people were at the emergency shelter established in Greenwich, CT, at Eastern Middle School. Red Cross shelters have also been opened in Westchester in New Rochelle, Mount Vernon and Mount Kisco, while local shelters have also been opened in Rye and Mamaroneck.
The Red Cross today urged residents to:
- Be prepared; have your "go bag" with emergency items ready for a quick evacuation.
- Heed government warnings; if you've been advised to evacuate, don't wait until conditions worsen.
- Be prepared for power outages.
In Port Chester, Con Edison reports there are 228 customers without power. In Rye Brook, there are 524 customers without power and another 61 in the City of Rye.
Throughout Westchester, Con Ed says there are 2,900 customers without power.