UPDATE — Westerly Town Hall is open and will operate on a normal schedule, but Stonington Town Hall will be closed today. The Stonington transfer station also is closed.
Local emergency management services and operation centers have prepared emergency shelters, and parking bans are in effect in Westerly and Stonington.
Amy Grzybowski, emergency management coordinator for Westerly, said all supplies have been moved from the police department to the Westerly Senior Center in case it opens as a shelter. Grzybowski said the opening of the shelter would depend on the severity of the storm, but the senior center would be ready to go with supplies and back-up generators in case of power outages for town residents.
• Parking bans are in effect for all streets in Westerly and Stonington. Westerly police have announced that the ban is in effect until further notice and Stonington police have said the ban is in effect through Friday evening. Parking will not be allowed on the streets until after the storm has finished and the roads have been plowed. Vehicles not removed from the roadways will be ticketed and/or towed.
• In Charlestown, the town hall, Charlestown Community Center, Cross’ Mills Public Library, and the community room in the police station may be open as warming shelters, said Kevin Gallup, director of the Charlestown Emergency Management Agency. Both town hall and the police station have back-up generators. Gallup said they also have the option of opening Chariho Middle School as a Red Cross shelter for area residents.
• Hopkinton Town Hall will be open during regular business hours today to any residents in need of a place to warm up or charge electronic devices if there are power outages.
• Richmond Emergency Services Agency Director Joe Gallup said the community room above the police station could open, but only as a last resort.