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RIEMA Opens Tiverton Middle School As Shelter On Sunday Evening

EMA officials continue to prepare for hurricane Sandy, opening the Tiverton Middle School as a hurricane-approved shelter for residents in the area.

The Tiverton Middle School, a hurricane-approved shelter by state Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) standards, opens to the public at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Local emergency management personnel are monitoring the storm and working hand-in-hand with RIEMA to gather information needed to make critical storm related decisions. 

In preparation for the severe rain, wind, and possible flooding expected from Hurricane Sandy which is forecasted to strike our area on Monday Tiverton will be opening a shelter at the Tiverton Middle School (10 Quintal Driveat 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28th. The preferred response would be to stay with family or friends, however, anyone seeking shelter is encouraged to make use of the High School facility.

Campers and residential mobile homes are susceptible to heavy damage from storms with moderate wind speeds and high gusting wind speeds. The conditions expected from this hurricane may cause damage to these types of structures.

The shelter will NOT be able to accommodate family pets, please make alternative arrangements. As a last resort, the Coventry Animal Shelter will be able to accommodate a small number of pets, which will be subject to a first come, first serve basis due to space limitations. Coventry Animal Control can be reached at 822-9106.

Click here for more information on pet preparedness in the case of an emergency provided by Coventry Animal Control.

A 24-hour information line for shelter information will be manned beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. Please call 822-6215 for information.

Emergency management personnel throughout the state respectfully request that ALL political candidates take measures to retrieve and/or secure their political signs prior to Monday morning.

Hurricane Sandy is expected to impact Rhode Island sometime Monday morning and continue through the evening. Weather forecasts are predicting severe weather situations that may prevent a response from emergency services. If this occurs, emergency services may not be able to respond to calls for service until the storm intensity decreases and conditions improve. Please take this into consideration as services will be burdened during and after this event. We thank you for your anticipated cooperation.

For more information regarding the planning and for additional information on evacuations, visit the RIEMA websitehttp://www.riema.ri.gov/.

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