FALL RIVER — As SouthCoast communities scramble to prepare for near-hurricane Henri's arrival this weekend, the city of Fall River is reminding residents about hurricane safety.

Residents are asked to avoid driving or leaving the home as much as possible during the storm.

If you must leave, please be mindful of localized flooding, especially in frequently flooded areas of the city.

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Residents should also stock up on basic needs including non-perishable, food, water, medication, pet food and any other essential items ahead of the storm.

In case of power outages, residents should charge all devices and consider preparing a cooler with ice for any medications that may require refrigeration.

Please stay away from any downed or broken power lines.

Finally, residents are asked to check on neighbors, especially those who are elderly or disabled.

Homeless residents in need of shelter should reach out to the First Step Inn at 134 Durfee St. or call (508) 679-8001.

Additional emergency shelter is available for anyone at the Timao Center at 371 Bay St.

Call the following numbers with questions or concerns:

  • Department of Public Works (for downed trees or branches): 508-324-2760
  • Mayor’s Office: 508-324-2600
  • National GRID: 1-800-465-1212
  • Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON

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