News & Notes: Town looking into use of private schools, churches as emergency reception centers
A year after Hurricane Sandy, Princeton is negotiating the use of private schools and churches as reception centers in case of weather emergencies, the Princeton Packet reported.
Two weeks ago, Emergency Management Director Robert Gregory wrote letters of request to private schools for use of their spaces. In event of emergency, residents can congregate at these centers to seek shelter, charge phones and receive updates from the town. Additionally, the locations of these premises will provide a more convenient location for residents living further from downtown. In the aftermath of Sandy, residents in affected areas sought shelter in the gymnasium at John Witherspoon Middle School.
Councilman Patrick Simon told the Packet that consolidation and the relocation of the University Medical Center at Princeton to Plainsboro have changed Princeton’s circumstances, and that this year is a timely year for a reexamination of the town’s emergency protocols.