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Hurricane forces area to have a 'Plan B'

By Catherine Hawley, Reporter, @CatherineH_WFMZ, chawley@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 27 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 28 2012 06:02:34 PM CDT

Sandy forces early evacuations

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

At Kutztown University in Berks County the expected severe weather has prompted officials to take action.  The campus will be closed Monday and Tuesday, and all students dorms are being evacuated.

 "I was freaking out," said freshman Lindsey Kelley.  "I didn't know what to do because I just got back from Virginia and I'm out of state."

 Co-eds have to be out of the residence halls by 9PM Sunday.  Those with nowhere to go will be instructed where they can stay at the University.

 "I decided I didn't want to try and go out on the roads during the storm," explained senior Mike Gdovin.  "I figured it might be safer to stay here on campus."

 For folks closer to Allentown one local business wants you to lean on them.

 "In the event that they lose power they can come down and use our locker room, restroom facilities, showers," said Planet Fitness Manager Eric Abrams.

 Planet Fitness's Allentown West location says anyone is welcome to come by and use the gym's facilities, even if you're not a member.  They don't have a generator so just make sure you call 610-366-1020 and check they have power first.

 "We are open 24 hours a day seven days a week, and we're fully staffed 24 hours seven days a week," said Abrams.

 And for anyone whose worried about their four legged friends during this storm, the Animal Rescue League of Berks County is opening its doors.

 "If they decide they need to evacuate their house, give us a call, we'll do our best to try to compliment them and help with the animals," stated Executive Director Harry Brown.

The organization is offering a safe place for pets to anyone who has to leave home and can't take the animals along.  Give the ARL a call at 610-587-3659 and arrangements will be made.  The pets are welcome to stay anytime after the storm hits through Thursday.

"At least here the animal has a place to stay, it's dry, we'll feed it, keep it warm."