residents should be prepared to evacuate their homes,
workplace, schools or any other location when notified
by town officials to do so. Delays in evacuation could
result in personal injury or becoming trapped in your
It is most
important that all Branford residents plan where they
and their family (including elderly relatives living in
the area) intend on evacuating to.
choose to evacuate out of the Branford area (to family,
friend or hotel in another town) or to utilize a
Branford operated shelter, families must pre-plan
pre-planning evacuation routes, you must consider the
a primary and secondary route using as many main
thoroughfares as possible.
primary and secondary routes to
your sheltering options. Reminder—Branford officials may
activate only the primary shelter (Sliney School) or
others as needed.
on the emergency (hurricane v. winter storm) different
routes will be used depending on terrain (hills) and
potential flooding (hurricanes).
HOW WILL YOU BE NOTIFIED?
residents may be notified in a number of ways concerning
evacuation areas and which shelters are open. They
news, (television and radio, BCTV-20)
Weather radio is the best means to receive storm info.
Battery powered radios can be purchased in most
and Fire officials going door to door or broadcasting in
2-3 min. constant blast
of local sirens
indicates emergency information broadcasts via BCTV
Information Hotline at 315-3909
It is well
recognized that local, state and federal officials will
develop community sheltering locations, however most
families would prefer to shelter with family or friends
outside of the affected area. It is recommended that the
minimum distance away from Branford that your family
should seek shelter is 15 miles. In the case of a
hurricane, the location should be north of Long Island
Sound. If this is the primary choice of your family,
agreements with the hosting family or friends should be
in place well in advance.
If you are
unable to arrange for a sheltering location outside of
Branford, you and you family may evacuate to a town
operated shelter (listed below).
shelters are opened and operated with the assistance of
the American Red Cross (ARC). It is important for all
Branford residents to remember,
will be opened unless needed. Therefore, to determine
which shelters are open, refer to the
“HOW WILL YOU BE NOTIFIED?”
BRANFORD SHELTER LOCATIONS
John B. Sliney School
23 Eades St (# 1 on Map)
Shelter Branford Recreation Center
46 Church St. (#2 on Map)
Shelter Mary T. Murphy School
14 Brushy Plain Rd. (#3 on Map)
Shelter Walsh Intermediate School
185 Damascus Rd. (#4 on Map)
Shelter Branford High School
185 East Main St. (#5 on Map)
What to Bring to Shelters?
bags, bed rolls and pillows
in Disaster Kit including change of cloths
toiletries, towels, medications etc
cards, toys for children
What NOT to Bring to Shelters!
or animals—Plan ahead for their care—Branford Animal
Shelter 747 E. Main St.
or injured persons requiring specialized care— medical
facilities should be used.