Mandatory evacuations of Category 1 and Category 2 Flood Zones have been declared by Supervisor Anna Throne Holst due to the expected tidal surge of 6 to 11 feet. If you reside in any low lying or flood zones you must evacuate. According to Southampton Town if you believe you are "at risk" due to the potential flooding or are asked to evacuate by Fire or EMS personnel you must evacuate. There is currently a State of Emergency in effect and you should not be on the roadways unless actively evacuating. For a map of evacuation areas visit: scoem.suffolkcountyny.gov
The town suggests if you are able to go to a location other than a shelter like a hotel, or residence of a friend or family do so. If you do go to a shelter the town suggests bringing a blanket, pillow, medicines, snacks, bottled water, reading materials, flashlight, or anything else you will need for the next few days. For items suggested to bring by the town visit: www.southamptontownny.gov
If you need to evacuate to a shelter locations include the Hampton Bays High School (88 Argonne Road, Hampton Bays), the Riverhead High School (600 Harrison Avenue, Riverhead) and the East Hampton High School (2 Long Lane, East Hampton).
There is a pet friend shelter located at the Eastern Campus Suffolk CC College, Cutchogue Building, (121 Speonk Riverhead Road, Speonk) and a special needs shelter located at the Hampton Bays Senior Center (25 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays, 631-728-1235).
If you do evacuate make sure someone (friend, relative) knows where you are going. The town stresses do not dial 911 unless it is a true emergency. For storm related information call the Southampton Town Emergency Operations Center at 631-728-3030. The EOC is staffed 24 hours a day and can address your storm related inquiries.
For emergency shelter information and emergency preparation tips visit: www.southamptontownny.gov
To download the official Red Cross
Hurricane visit: www.redcross.org
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