New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives a news conference in...

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives a news conference in Trenton, N.J., as the state prepares for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. (Aug. 27, 2011) Credit: AP

Gov. Chris Chris Christie says more than 5,000 people are already in New Jersey shelters as Hurricane Irene threatens, and the Red Cross is urging people not in danger to stay put. 
 
Spokeswoman Diane Concannon of the American Red Cross of Central New Jersey says additional shelters are opening but supplies and space are limited.
 
She says those who think they are in danger or their homes might flood should head to a shelter. But she says those whose homes are not threatened by Irene should shelter in place. 
 
The Red Cross says if you do go to a shelter, take these things with you: Medications, spare clothing, copies of important papers, sleeping supplies and snacks. If you have a baby, bring plenty of diapers.

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