Nov 28, 2014 7:45 AM

UPDATE: NH emergency shelters open for those who need them

LONDONDERRY - With thousands across the state still without power, emergency shelters have been opened for those who need them.

At Londonderry High School tonight, the town's ALERT volunteer emergency response team was ready for anyone who needed food, a place to sleep and a hot shower.

"We're ready for the onslaught," said Rick Semaski of ALERT. "Planning for the worst, but hoping for the best," he said.

Only one person had checked into the Londonderry shelter as of late Friday.

Joan Freeman, an elderly resident who lives on her own in Derry, told NH1 News she decided to come to the shelter because it was 46 degrees in her home.

"My furnace is not running and it's clanging when I start it and there's water leaking out of it," Freeman said. "So I decided I needed a good night's sleep before I deal with all of that."

The following shelters are open:

• Allenstown Elementary School, 30 Main St., Allenstown.
• Campton Elementary School, 1110 NH Route 175, Campton.
• Laconia Middle School, 150 Mcgrah St., Laconia.
• Londonderry High School, 295 Mammoth Road, Londonderry.
• Nashua High School North, 10 Chuck Druding Drive, Nashua.
• Rochester Middle School, 47 Brock St., Rochester.
• Rowell Community Center, 12 Rowell Drive, Franklin.

The following warming centers are open:
• Auburn Fire Department, 6 Pingree Hill Road, Auburn.
• Grace's Place, 9 Mechanic St., Farmington.
• Manchester Health Department, 1528 Elm St.
• Winchester Fire Department, 6 Parker St., Winchester.

For more information about shelters, including the closest pet-friendly shelter, residents can call 2-1-1 in state or 1-866-444-4211 from out of state.


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