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Southold and Shelter Prep as Irene Makes Way Up Coast

Officials will decide on Friday morning if, when and where to set up emergency shelters in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

and takes aim at Long Island, Southold and are preparing for winds that could exceed 70 mph and create hurricane-force winds on the East End.

Current forecasts have at some point on Sunday.

Southold Town officials will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday to decide if, when and where emergency shelters will be set up in town, according to assistant town clerk Carol Hydell.

“So far there are no plans to set up shelters, but that could change tomorrow,” she said.

The non-emergency number for Southold Police is 631-765-2600. An emergency shelter will be set up by the Red Cross, if necessary, at at 420 Oaklawn Avenue, according to a statement from State Assemblyman Dan Losquadro.

On Shelter Island, residents can call 631-749-0400 for information on where to go to ride out the storm. Emergency shelters will be set up, if necessary, at the at 33 North Ferry Road, said Sgt. Jim Cronin of the .

“People can call the hotline starting at noon on Friday after our final planning meeting with the town,” Cronin said, adding that a pet shelter will also be set up at the school.

On the county level, a map of emergency shelters provided by the county can be found on its website. According to the website, media will be informed which shelters are open at what times.

The county's Office of Emergency Services coordinates and operates the emergency operations center in Yaphank in the event of an emergency. The shelter serves as a central location for services such as fire, police, utilities, health services, and other vital programs. County Executive Steve Levy and others found themselves there on Tuesday after Suffolk felt the results of a magnitude 5.8 earthquake.

Levy's office did not immediately return a request for comment.

The OEM offers the following tips to prepare before a hurricane, these tips to follow during a hurricane, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency offers these pointers for recovering.

Stay tuned to North Fork Patch, Channel 22 on cable and 92.1 WLNG on the radio for more updates.

Vin Ricciardi August 25, 2011 at 06:14 PM
I hope Southold will set up a shelter that people can bring their cats and dogs to.
MaryAnn August 26, 2011 at 05:58 PM
How about Mattituck School for a shelter?
Erin Schultz (Editor) August 26, 2011 at 06:16 PM
Mary Ann -- Mattituck HS is included now as an option, please check out this link: http://patch.com/A-l1CK. Thanks and stay safe -- Erin.

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