County Officials Activiate D-Y High School Shelter Following Tornado

Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.

SOUTH YARMOUTH – The Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee is activating the Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School Emergency Shelter.

The shelter at the school at 210 Station Avenue in South Yarmouth will open at 7 p.m.

Kevin Morley, the committee’s public information officer says the school will be the place to go for anyone who needs shelter.

“There will be cots available. There will be food available, and there will be a pet shelter component so people can bring their pets,” Morley said. “The Red Cross will be there and EMTs will be on hand.”

Morley says the shelter will remain open as long as it is needed.

The BCREPC decided to activate the shelter after receiving requests from the towns hit the hardest during the storm, which included a confirmed tornado in South Yarmouth by the National Weather Service.

“The people who have their feet on the street who see what is going on first hand in the town’s affected requested that shelter provisions be put in place,” Morley said.

Morley said the impassable roads and damage to homes and other lodging facilities were major reasons for the shelter opening.

“We feel it’s better to have people who are particularly guests, visitors and tourists [with shelter] who are kind of out on their own right now,” he said.

There are currently no plans to provide transportation for individuals seeking shelter.

Morley also warns residents to stay away from downed power lines.

People using generators are also asked to be very careful with the operation and keep them well-ventilated.

“Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the negative side effects of generator operation,” Morley said. “We just remind people to be very careful where they set up their machines.”

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Brian Merchant grew up in Central Massachusetts and now lives in South Dennis on the Cape. He has been part of the news team in the NewsCenter since the spring of 2014. He studied radio broadcasting at the University of Tennessee.
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