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Westchester Opens Emergency Shelters

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Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino announced this afternoon that a list of 15 emergency shelters have either opened or are scheduled to open by Saturday evening to house residents who are affected by Hurricane Irene.

By 3 p.m. the Hergenhan Recreation Center at 40 Maple Ave.  in Armonk had already been in operation. The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester at 351 E. Main St. in Mount Kisco and the Yorktown Cultural and Community Center in Yorktown Heights are scheduled to open at 4 p.m.

“We’re encouraging anyone who is being evacuated and doesn’t have a place to go to take advantage of the shelters that are open around the county,” Astorino said. “The county is working collaboratively with our local municipalities and the Red Cross to ensure everyone has a safe place to stay. Don’t wait until it’s too late and travel has become unsafe.”

Other facilities in central or northern Westchster that have also opened to shelter residents who may lose power or who may otherwise need a safe place to stay are the Harrison Fire House at 206 Harrison Ave. and 14 Daniel Road in North Salem. The Muriel Morabito Community Center at 29 West Brook Drive in Cortlandt will open at 7 p.m.

Additional shelters will be opened as needed. Residents can call 2-1-1 for further information and questions.

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