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American Red Cross Opens Shelter in Bridgeport in Advance of Hurricane Henri

The American Red Cross is opening multiple shelters in advance of Hurricane Henri, which is expected to make landfall on Sunday. 

The shelters will open at 8 p.m. tonight, Saturday, August 21, and are available to individuals and families who need assistance. There are also shelters that will open tomorrow morning, Sunday, August 22. The Red Cross is working in coordination with local officials and emergency management. 

The Red Cross has also pre-positioned shelter and relief supplies in advance of the storm and has volunteers ready to help people in need. We are working with community partners and emergency responders to be ready to provide aid after Henri passes if needed. 

Shelters in Connecticut will open August 21 at 8 p.m. at the following locations: 

Bridgeport 

Geraldine Johnson High School 

475 Lexington Avenue, Bridgeport 

Groton 

Fitch High School 

101 Groton Long Point Road, Groton 

New Haven 

Hill Regional Career High School 

140 Legion Avenue, New Haven 

New London 

Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School 

74 Grove Street, New London 

Niantic 

East Lyme Middle School 

31 Society Road, Niantic  

North Branford 

North Branford Intermediate School 

654 Foxon Road, North Branford 

Norwich 

Kelly Middle School 

25 Mahan Drive, Norwich 

Stonington  

Stonington High School 

176 South Broad Street, Pawcatuck 

Shelters in Connecticut will open August 22 at the following locations: 

6 a.m. 

Norwalk 

Brien McMahon High School 

300 Highland Avenue, Norwalk 

9 a.m. 

Plainville 

Plainville High School 

47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville  

Individuals evacuating to a Red Cross shelter should bring essential items for each member of their family, including: 

  • Prescription and emergency medications 
  • Foods that meet special dietary requirements 
  • Extra clothing, pillows, blankets, hygiene supplies and other comfort items 
  • Chargers for any electronic devices 
  • Books, games and other forms of entertainment 

Ensuring people have a safe place to stay during a disaster is a critical part of the Red Cross mission. To help keep our workforce and the people we serve safe, we are requiring face masks regardless of vaccination status. In addition, we’re also using health screenings, enhanced cleaning procedures and encouraging social distancing as much as possible. Red Cross shelters are open to everyone in need, and all disaster assistance is free. 

Anyone who needs a safe place to go can find information for open Red Cross shelters on redcross.org, 1 (800) 733-2767, or the free Red Cross Emergency app. Download the app by searching “American Red Cross” in your app store or by going to redcross.org/apps. People can also check with local officials and monitor local news for information on where to find emergency shelter.

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