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Warming Center Opens at Town Hall

Power outages cause EOC to open warming center in East Hampton by 9:45 a.m.

With about 1,300 power outages in the Town of East Hampton due to the blizzard, the joint town and village Emergency Operations Center has decided to open a warming center.

Town Hall will be open to anyone who needs a place to keep warm, or charge cellphones, by 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, according to a dispatcher at the EOC.

No provisions have been made yet for animals, according to the EOC.

"The issue is the weight of the snow on these lines — when the temperatures dropped, the snow froze on the lines," East Hampton Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said.

He renewed his request that residents stay home if they can so that the highway department can work on the roads to clear them and then to salt them without having to deal with stuck vehicles.

As far as erosion, Wilkinson said he had only surveyed the southside of Montauk, so far. The erosion "came up to the protection devices the motel owners put in — the rings and bags looks like they protected them," he said.

Tell us what you are seeing. Will you try to get to the warming center? Leave a comment below.

mjt February 09, 2013 at 03:07 PM
This is great but some folks are snowed in and the plows haven't gotten to their neighborhoods yet, so they can't get to the warming center... Anyone have an idea how they can get help?
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Any questions you have should be directed at the EOC - 631-324-1213. I'm sure if you are without electric/heat and need to get to the warming center, but your street hasn't been plowed yet, they may be able to make arrangements.
leeanna erdmann February 09, 2013 at 03:41 PM
This same problem occurred during hurricane Sandy, where do people go who need shelter for their animals as well?
Shrinkgirl February 09, 2013 at 03:43 PM
A warming center is not a shelter. Why are we not providing cots, meals and refuge for people and animals?
Shrinkgirl February 09, 2013 at 03:50 PM
The elderly and families with young children need a place to congregate if they do not have power. In 1987 the Springs School served that purpose for showers and a community gathering place. We can do much better in these sorts of emergencies. I doubt that those without power will get it back for awhile.
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) February 09, 2013 at 04:18 PM
I just spoke with Village Police Captain Mike Tracey. He said to call the EOC at 631-324-1213 if you have no power and your roads have not been plowed. The EOC is in direct contact with the highway department, and then you can get to the warming center. He also explained that because there were no evacuations called for, no shelters were open. The warming center is meant as a place for people to spend a few hours, warm up and charge their cellphones. It is not meant for overnight stay. As far as the animals go, since people are not staying at Town Hall, their animals will only be left alone for a few hours.
Natty February 09, 2013 at 06:39 PM
Where do people go when their houses are 30 degrees? A few hours in a warming center is not enough. Housing for the freezing should not depend on a bureaucratic technicality that there was "no call for evacuations."
Natty February 09, 2013 at 06:41 PM
The criterion for opening a shelter should depend on the need for them, not the statement that there was "no call for evacuations." Does anybody else see the flawed logic of following a procedure that does not apply to the problem?
leeanna erdmann February 09, 2013 at 11:41 PM
I agree, I don't understand this logic. Warm up for a "few" hours and then go home to a freezing house?

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