Hurricane Sandy Important Updates

Hurricane Sandy Information Updates

(Updated Oct 31st 4:24 pm)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

     300 volunteers needed to be trained for shelter help

      Call American Red Cross 571-205-3315 or Register on Long Island Volunteer Center website:  www.livolunteercenter.org

 

Long Island Rail Road will resume today, Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 2:00 pm, with limited commuter rail service.

 

 SUFFOLK COUNTY   

  • Mandatory evacuation for Fire Island at 2 pm today, Sunday 28th of October . Ferry service stopping  at 2 pm today.
  • Voluntary evacuations in flood and surge zones
American Red Cross will be opening 3 shelters at 8am on Sunday October 28, 2012.
  • Hampton Bays High School – 88 Argonne Avenue Hampton Bays, NY 11946

  • Sachem East High School -177 Granny Road Farmingville, NY 11738

  • Brentwood High School Sonderling Bldg. – 52 Third Avenue Brentwood, NY 11717

Suffolk County in conjunction with the SPCA will be opening 2 pet friendly shelters at 8am on Sunday October 28, 2012.
Pet Friendly Shelters:
  • Brentwood Rec Center – 99 Third Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
  • Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus – Corchaug Bldg. – 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road Riverhead, NY 11901
Anyone planning on utilizing shelters please remember to bring medications and disposable medical supplies.

 

  To find the shelter closest to you that is open, please download the Red Cross Hurricane App or visit:   http://www.redcross.org/nss.

 The Red Cross Shelters will provide food, beverages, a safe place to sleep, health and mental health services for those in need. People coming to the shelters should bring:

*  Bedding for each member of the family 

*   Diapers and formula for children

*   Prescription medicines

*   Toiletries

*   Food for special dietary needs

Please note that the only animals permitted in Red Cross shelters are service animals; for safety and health reasons. 

 

Click Here for Suffolk County Food Pantries

 

POWER OUTAGES – BOTH COUNTIES

LIPA 800-490-0075 

 NATIONAL GRID/NIAGRA MOHAWK   800-867-5222 (Power Outages) or  800-642-4272 (Customer Support)


 

 

NASSAU COUNTY     (Updated Oct. 31st 4:36 pm)

 

LONG BEACH – the city’s water is contaminated and the electricity is out.

 

Mandatory Evacuation  of flood and surge zones as follows:

  • South of Sunrise Highway
  • Queens Line to Rockville Centre
  • South of Merrick Road from Rockville Centre to the Suffolk line

  

NASSAU URGES RESIDENTS TO EVACUATE OF FLOOD AND STORM SURGE ZONES

 

More Shelters Open Throughout Nassau County

 

Bethpage, NY – After speaking with the National Weather Service earlier today, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano ordered a Mandatory Evacuation for Nassau County residents living in a flood and storm surge zone.  County Executive Mangano recently updated residents with the following statement:

Experts from the National Weather Service inform me that the worst flooding will occur tomorrow between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., then again between 7:00 p.m. and midnight.  Hurricane force winds are on their way and expect to reach up to 85 miles per hour by 3:00 p.m. tomorrow and last for 12 hours.  These winds can be deadly due toflying debris.   

Residents in flood and storm surge zones should now be utilizing coastal evacuation routes, which include:

  •      Peninsula Blvd, Long Beach Road
  •      Meadowbrook Parkway 
  •     Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway.  

Again, if you reside in flood and storm surge zones, immediately relocate to the home of a family member or friend that reside on higher ground.

 This is important as public shelters should be a place of last resort.  Four shelters are currently open. 

     1. Nassau Community College, which has a Special Needs component;

     2. Levittown Memorial High School

     3. Locust Valley High School

     4. SUNY Old Westbury

     5.  Pet Shelters   open at Nassau County Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale and in the Town of North             Hempstead Animal Shelter in Port Washington.  

     6. Kosher Shelter open at West Hempstead High School 

     7.  Manhasset High School – opens Monday morning at 8:00 am

 

  For residents sheltering in their homes throughout all of Nassau County, keep your Emergency Go-Kit in close proximity.  Among other things, this kit should include medications, a first aid kit, flash light with extra batteries, a portable radio and water and dry food.  Store as much drinking water as possible as a precautionary measure in case of service interruption due to the storm.  A minimum of 3 gallons of water per person for consumption should be stored.  

 With the possibility of electrical outages due to Hurricane Irene, many families may turn to candles and generators.  Be careful with candles as they could put you, your family and first responders in harm’s way.  With generators, we remind you to never run a generator inside your home, basement or attached garage as carbon monoxide in the generator’s fumes can build up in your home or areas not well ventilated and cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which can lead to death.

 Stay alert for weather forecasts and messages from Nassau County.  Emergency first responders, police and public works crews remain at the call to assist our residents.  Extra County police, State Police and the National Guard will patrol neighborhoods and use electronic surveillance to keep our communities safe.  To prevent 911 operators from being inundated by calls, the Nassau County Non-Emergency Hotline is activated.

Residents with non-life threatening emergencies should dial 1-888-684-4274 for assistance with down trees and roadside issues.  All those with life threatening emergencies should dial 911.

 

SHELTERS  

 Nassau Community College,  Education Drive, Garden City NY, 516-572-7501

SUNY Old Westbury, 223 Stone Hill Road,  516-876-3000

 To find the shelter closest to you that is open, please download the Red Cross Hurricane App or visit:   http://www.redcross.org/nss.

 The Red Cross Shelters will provide food, beverages, a safe place to sleep, health and mental health services for those in need. People coming to the shelters should bring:

*  Bedding for each member of the family 

*   Diapers and formula for children

*   Prescription medicines

*   Toiletries

*   Food for special dietary needs

Please note that the only animals permitted in Red Cross shelters are service animals; for safety and health reasons. 

 

Click Here for Nassau County Food Pantries 

 

FOOD SAFETY DURING AN EMERGENCY 

  The Department of Health cautions residents to follow certain steps to determine if food is safe during and following a weather emergency. 

  • Never taste food to determine its safety
  • Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed to maintain the cold temperature. 
  • Generally a refrigerator will keep food safely cold for approximately 4 hours; a freezer for about 24 hours. 
  • Food may be safely refrozen if it still contains ice crystals or is at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. 
  • Discard refrigerated perishable food such as meat, poultry, fish, soft cheeses, milk, eggs, leftovers and deli items after 4 hours without power.  

     When in doubt, throw it out.  

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