Southampton Issues Mandatory Evacauations

110 Old Riverhead Road
Hampton Bays, N.Y. 11946

William Wilson Jr. TEL # 631-728-5000
Chief of Police

PREPARED BY: LT Robert P. Iberger, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator DATE: 08/27/11 1130 hours

For Immediate release:

Evacuations that have been started in Southampton Town appear to be going well.

For clarification, the evacuations in the Town of Southampton are mandatory, based on the Executive Order Declaration of State of Emergency for anyone residing in low lying areas, coastal areas, areas previously known to have flooding issues either from tidal waters or rain or ground water and all mobile homes or trailers regardless of location.

The storm tracks for these systems are very unpredictable and not an exact science based on continuously changing local dynamics. We try to evacuate with a margin of error on the side of safety. This is for our resident’s safety.

Please help us help you. If are asked to evacuate – evacuate. If you are able to go to a location other than a shelter please do so.

If you do not need to evacuate, please do not go to a shelter as their resources will be limited.

If going to a shelter bring a blanket, pillow, medicines, snacks, bottled water, reading materials, flashlight, extra, batteries. Check Town website for additional info .

Make sure someone (friend, relative) knows where you are going.

Although not an exact science, anticipated scheduled starts of evacuations for the Southampton Town Fire Districts are as follow:

Bridgehampton Fire Department 10 AM
East Quogue Fire Department 12 PM
Eastport Fire Department 12 PM
Flanders Fire Department 12 PM
Hampton Bays Fire Department 11:30
North Sea Fire Department 1 PM
Quogue Village Fire Department 10 AM
Riverhead Fire Department 12 AM
Westhampton Fire Department 10 AM

Emergency responder (Fire, EMS or PD) will be going around doing evacuations. The evacuations are likely to start around 10:00 AM in some areas and later in the day in other areas, depending on the fire district.

You can assist Emergency Responders by voluntarily evacuating today as early as possible so as to avoid clogging roads or putting yourself at risk as the weather worsens.

This storm brings a risk of flooding from torrential rains as well as surge/tide. If you think you may be in an at risk location err on the side of caution and evacuate.

Residents who experienced ground water flooding back in March or 2010 should evacuate until the storm passes.

Three Shelters in the vicinity are located in proximity to Southampton Town
Hampton Bays High School, 88 Argonne Road, hampton Bays
Riverhead High School 600 Harrison Avenue, Riverhead
Easthampton High School 2 Long Lane, Easthampton

Special Needs Shelter
Hampton Bays Senior Center , 25 Ponquogue Ave, Hampton Bays

Pet Friendly Shelter
Eastern campus Suffolk , Woodland Building , 121 Speonk- Riverhead Road, Speonk

Also refer to your copy of the Town of Southampton Hurricane Survival Guide. For those who do not yet have a copy of the Southampton Town Hurricane Survival Guide one can be picked up at Southampton Town Hall or downloaded from the Town’s website