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Red Cross Shelters Over 180 In East Hampton

Publication: The East Hampton Press
By Virginia Garrison   Oct 31, 2012 11:10 AM
Nov 2, 2012 12:42 PM

As of Tuesday afternoon, a Red Cross emergency shelter at East Hampton High School had as many as 187 people staying there, East Hampton School District Superintendent Richard Burns said.

James Spencer Baird, the Red Cross shelter manager, said the shelter would stay open through Tuesday night, at least. “If some of them go their houses and there’s no power, they can come back,” he said.

Cots were set up in the gymnasium, and a breakfast including toast, fresh fruit and coffee was being served in the school cafeteria Tuesday morning, as some people were in the process of being checked out by Michelle Rothar, a social worker for East Hampton Town.

“About 25 families have gone home,” Ms. Rothar said as she checked out a mother and her son, and another man waited for his daughter to come pick him up. She said about 180 people had stayed overnight between Monday and Tuesday.

One woman stopped in to grab coffee and use the restroom. She said she’d made the mistake of thinking the gym would be open: no dice.

There were about 14 people staffing the shelter, including two medics from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, staff from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s office and a nurse from Suffolk County Medical Response. At about 9 a.m., some people were hanging around near their cots in the high school gymnasium, while others were having breakfast in the school cafeteria.

Mr. Baird said the power had stayed on completely thus far, and that everything was running smoothly.

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