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Darien Releases Irene Shelter Info

DARIEN, Conn. – The town of Darien is now under a hurricane warning. We are in constant communication with the state of Connecticut emergency operations center. The latest forecast models are now indicating rainfall of 8 to 10 inches, coastal storm surges of up to 6 feet on top of 6 to 8 foot waves on Long Island Sound. This storm has the potential to be one of the most severe in recent history.

Shelter Information

The town of Darien is opening an emergency shelter at Darien High School at 5 p.m. The access into the building will be the gym entrance located near the tennis courts (driveway by Nutmeg Lane). The plan is to utilize the lower level south gym. When tropical storm winds arrive, we fully expect to move occupants to the central lower level corridor for their safety. Please limit your belongings to the minimum items necessary i.e. toiletries, medications, eyeglasses and identification, etc.

Health issues and sheltering

If you are seeking shelter and have medical assistance from a home health aide or specialized equipment, please plan on bringing all your required equipment/medical supplies and your health aide with you. We can only provide limited resources. Anyone with health issues requiring a higher level of care should seek out a facility that can assist you in your needs.

Animals and sheltering

Those wishing to shelter along with their animals must bring with you your leashes, pet food supply and a valid rabies certificate for each animal. Animals will not be accepted without proper documentation. The animal shelter area is near to the human shelter area but is required to be separate. Animal crates and bowls will be provided. You will have scheduled time to visit with your pet.

Transportation

For those who require transportation to the shelter, transportation can be arranged by calling the Darien police routine phone number at 203-662-5300. Please make your arrangements as soon as possible.

Emergency response

To reiterate what has been previously been stated, evacuate early if you are in a flood prone area as Darien's Emergency Responders expect to cease operations when it becomes too dangerous, according to state of Connecticut recommended guidelines.

Staying Informed

Information will continue to be available via the town's homepage at www.darienct.gov , TV channel 79, for those Twitter people @darienoem , and local media outlets. To register for the Town's Code Red Emergency Notification System, go to the town of Darien website . If you do not have access to the Internet, please ask a friend or relative to assist you with your registration.

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