As Hurricane Sandy closes in, Greenport Village Mayor David Nyce has declared a state of emergency for the village, beginning at 5 p.m.
Just as Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell and the Office of Emergency Management said on Saturday, any Greenport residents living in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding and erosion should evacuate to a safe location; evacuation, however, is not mandatory, Nyce said.
"Go where you feel safe and stay there," Nyce said. "Have a plan, and stick with that plan. Do not alter your plan mid-storm."
During Hurricane Irene, Nyce said, some residents did change plans midstream, something the mayor said is not advisable.
Nyce said on Sunday that he hoped Greenport Village would stay on "the fringe" of Hurricane Sandy. "Based on the models I'm seeing, it sure looks like" it could, the mayor said.
"As of now, we're as prepared as we can be," Nyce said. "We'll take it as it comes."
Here are Greenport's important emergency numbers:
Primary emergency number: 631-765-2600- Southold Police Department
Village-related utilities emergencies: 631-477-0172
Other Village-related emergencies: 631-477-2914 or 631-477-2976
Emergency center is at the Third Street Fire House.
The following Southold Town shelters will be available beginning on Sunday at 5 p.m. for all residents, including Greenport. All town shelters are pet friendly.
Mattituck High School
Southold High School
Greenport High School
Fishers Island School