Southborough – In preparation of the effects of Hurricane Irene, the Town of Southborough will be opening an emergency shelter for Southborough residents and families Saturday Aug. 27, starting at 6 p.m., at Woodward School, 28 Cordaville Rd. Parking at Woodward School is limited, so carpooling is recommended.
Residents should pack a “Go Kit” to be ready to immediately evacuate their home. Everyone should do this, even if they are not planning to use the shelter, in the event an evacuation is needed at the last minute. Include in your “Go Kit” (for each family member): clothes, bedding/sleeping bag, medications, hygiene items, toiletries, baby supplies, snacks, water, books, etc. Basically, pack your “Go Kit” as if you were packing for a three-day camping vacation.
No pets will be allowed at the shelter. Please make plans to shelter animals now at a kennel or secure them at home with food, water, etc. for 72 hours. Town officials are working on an animal shelter, but space is very limited. “Go Kit” should be packed for your pet, as well, including food, water, litter, litter box, medications, leash, toys, etc. All pets must be caged.
Town officials recommend that all citizens planning to use the shelter arrive before the arrival of the outer bands of the storm. Do not leave your home during the storm. Ride it through sheltered in at home. Call 9-1-1 only if there is an emergency. After the storm has passed, residents can call 1-508-485-3235 or dial 2-1-1 (ask for Southborough) for information.