Emergency shelter ready and waiting for residents
Teddy bears and pillows from home sit atop one of 75 cots set up at Jonathan Law High School, the city’s emergency shelter.
As of 8 p.m., Sunday nearly 30 people had settled into the shelter, mostly people from areas along the shoreline who were evacuated as Hurricane Sandy approaches.
About a half dozen pets joined them, and are being kept in a separate area at the shelter.
One local family, who didn’t want to be named, made up seven of the 30 people who had settled into the shelter. The father said there were six family members and a visitor.
“We came during Irene,” he said, and his wife added that they feel safe at the shelter, where people are “helpful and hopeful.”
The family comes from the Point Beach area, which is at a high risk for flooding.
“This is better than wondering if you’re going to be under water,” the father said.
His daughter, Vanessa, said the cots are fairly comfortable and they get 15 minutes of Internet access every hour. Pizza was being served around 8 p.m., and the family was making its way to the eating area.
Mayor Ben Blake was at the shelter this evening, checking on the facility. He said the school’s generator will power lights at Law in the case of a power failure, and an outside generator will keep heat and power supplies functional.
While there are 75 cots set up there now, he said an order has been placed for more in case they’re needed.
The Milford Health Department is overseeing the shelter, and Dr. Andrew Dennis McBride said there are two nurses, two police officers, a central administrator, health department staff and volunteers at the school to help people who seek refuge there.
McBride said it is very important that people who are on medication and go to the shelter take their medication with them.
Other than that, people who evacuate to Jonathan Law should bring bedding, clothes, food if they have it and have a food preference, and their medication. There will be food at the shelter, he added.