[Updated 4:15 p.m.] Reports of a dozen people are now at the shelter.
[Original Story] The emergency shelter at the South Windsor High School at 161 Nevers Road opened at 2 p.m. today.
Ten people, including two personal care assistants, had checked in to the facility as of 3:15 p.m.
According to Director of Human Services Dennis Sheridan, the shelter has 66 cots with blankets set up, though there is room for more if needed.
“We have no way of knowing what the numbers will be,” Sheridan said.
Human services is also providing rides to the shelter if need be. Anyone who needs a ride to the emergency shelter at the high school may call 860-648-6361
The shelter is currently staffed by human services employees as well as several volunteers, Sheridan said. If the need for additional people arises, Sheridan said he has a list of volunteers to call on.
In addition, the shelter has a uniformed police officer and the South Windsor ambulance department on site, as well as a first aid station.
Sheridan credited the high school food services and maintenance department staffs, both of which have done excellent work in past emergencies.
“They did a great job for us last year during Storm Alfred and here we are again doing it again,” Sheridan said.