Cambridge is opening two emergency shelters this weekend as Hurricane Irene hits the region.
Cambridge Police said in a press release Friday that it is unlikely that any evacuations will be required for the storm, but the city will open shelters at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Peabody School at 70 Rindge Ave. and in the King Open School at 850 Cambridge St.
Anyone who needs transportation to the shelters should call 617-349-4800 after 6 p.m. Saturday.
Police are encouraging residents and businesses to secure outdoor furniture and equipment that could become dangerous from the heavy winds. The city is also asking that flashlights be used instead of candles in the event of a power outage.
Anyone who has had flooding problems in their buildings in the past is being asked to take preemptive measures to reduce damage because the city is unable to pump out basements of private residents and businesses.
Free parking will be available to residents from 8 p.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Monday at 260 Green St., 59 First St., the Cambridgeside Galleria, 100 Cambridgeside Place and in the Harvard garage at 52 Oxford St.