Long Island Volunteer Center Thanks 2016 Prom Boutique Contributors

Long Island Volunteer Center Thanks
2016 Prom Boutique Contributors

Celebrating its 22nd Anniversary, the Prom Boutique provided Dresses for 795 Regional High School Students

Hempstead, NY – May 25, 2016 – The Long Island Volunteer Center, working in conjunction with Nassau Community College Marketing & Fashion students, coordinated 18 collection sites across Long Island last month to accept new and gently-used prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and accessories (including dressy shoes, evening bags and costume jewelry) for the 22nd Annual Prom Boutique held at NCC on April 16. All dresses and accessories were distributed free of charge to girls of families across the region who cannot easily absorb the expense of a new gown for their prom, awards ceremony, or graduation.  High school guidance counselors, at-risk youth agencies, group homes, and church outreaches made the program available to their constituents.  Seven hundred ninety-five girls benefited from 28 different schools and nonprofit youth organizations across Long Island. Created at the Junior League of Long Island in 1995 and added to the array of community service projects at the Long Island Volunteer Center in 1999, this event was made possible with generous funding from Alex and Ani, Bellmore Lions Club, Friends of Lana, LIU Post Long Island Volunteers Service Club, Weight Watchers, and Zurich NA.

In addition to LIVC prom boutique enthusiasts who volunteer year after year, we would also like to recognize several groups that provided volunteer support: APWU POWER (Post Office Women for Equal Rights), Girl Scouts, Long Island Volunteer Enterprise Steering Committee, NCC Marketing Club, Nordstrom Roosevelt Field, Sid Jacobson JCC, Rebuilding Together Long Island, The Tikkun Alliance, and The Transition Network.

Prom Boutique Volunteers Send a Huge Thank You to Everyone Who Helped to Support The Event!

Prom Boutique Volunteers Send a Huge Thank You to Everyone Who Helped to Support the Event!

The Long Island Volunteer Center was one of 126 grant recipients of Zurich Insurance, a global leader in managing risk that announced it is awarding a total of $744,250 to 126 nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S.  Zurich announced the recipients of its grant program in North America on Monday, May 23, to kick off its fifth annual Global Community Week, a weeklong celebration of Zurich’s commitment to making a sustainable difference in local communities with 46 Zurich offices around the world participating this year. The announcement can be found at:

https://www.zurichna.com/en/about/news/news-releases/2016/05202016_zurich-insurance-makes-a-contribution-to-build-sustainable-communities.

“Our grants program in North America helps nonprofits make tangible changes in the communities where we live and work,” said Mike Foley, North America Commercial CEO and Regional Chairman of North America for Zurich Insurance. “Global Community Week is our way to acknowledge and celebrate the time and resources our employees contribute to their local communities.” Zurich North America reviews grants annually for non-sectarian 501(c)(3) charities that have a mission that aligns with Zurich’s three focus areas for Community Investment: 1) health and welfare of children in need, 2) community resilience, and 3) health, as well as meet the following criteria: Employee involvement in the nonprofit, Alignment to Zurich’s mission, Proximity to Zurich offices, Low administrative cost ratio, and Commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Three hundred eighty-three volunteers participated in the 2016 Prom Boutique led by steering committee members Cheryl Brancato, Michelle Esselborn, Caryn Grossman, Linda Marshall, Diana O’Neill, Teri Resca, and Judi Sloan.  A complete list of contributors can be found below:

Alex and Ani
Alight
Americana Manhasset Concierge
Ask Alice
AT Stewart Exchange, Garden City Historical Society
Attorneys at 58 Hilton Avenue
Attorneys at 226 Professional Building
Austin Antiques
Beautiful Memories Clothing Pantry at Young Israel of New Hyde Park
Bellmore Lion’s Club
Bellmore School
Bridal Reflections
Burke Holdings
California Pizza Kitchen
Charlotte Russe
Chase
Cold Spring Harbor High School Fashion Club
Commack High School
Commack Public Library
Division Avenue High School
DSW Shoes
Elena Bridal
Fairfield Valley Girls
Farmingdale High School
Frippery
Garden City High School Fashion Club
Gifts on You Boutique
Glass Family Foundation
H. Frank Carey High School
J&H Jewelry
JPJ Real Estate and Design
Junior League of Long Island
Kaplan Productions
KaraMiaSophia
Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Smithtown
Lite Moving and Sons
LIU Brentwood Social Workers Club
LIU CW Post Long Island Volunteers Service Club
London Jewelers
Long Island Volunteer Center
Long Island Volunteer Enterprise
Lucky Finds Boutique
Lynbrook High School
Mac Cosmetics
Macy’s
Malverne Library
Marketing Club at NCC
Merrick Jewish Center
Miche
Molloy College Chaplain’s Office
Nancy Sinoway Creative Tailoring and Alterations Studio
Nassau Community College
Nassau County Bar Association
National Association of Professional Women
Nordstrom, Roosevelt Field
New Hyde Park Homemakers Club
Our Lady of Loreto
Plainvew High School
Polar Jewelers
POWER
Princess Bridal
PSE&G
Rebuilding Together Long Island
ReCreateU
Runway Couture
Serafina Design
Sid Jacobson JCC
Sip This
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Somerset Gardens Senior Living
St. John’s Episcopal Church
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
Starbucks
Suffolk County Community College
Suzette @ Two Stephen Street
Target
Tashi Rose Boutique
Temple Beth David
Temple Chaverim
The Transition Network
Tikkun Alliance
Underwriters Laboratories
Wall Street Cleaners
Weight Watchers
Westy Self Storage
Your Daughter’s Wedding
Zurich NA

For more information on Prom Boutique, please contact:
prom@longislandvolunteercenter.org
or the Long Island Volunteer Center at
(516) 564-5482; www.longislandvolunteercenter.org

About the Long Island Volunteer Center: The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders.  A legacy Points of Light Volunteer Center since 1992, LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.  In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as a Regional Volunteer Center.

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Have You Registered for the 5th Annual “I Love My Park” Day on Saturday, May 7, 2016?

Governor Cuomo Reminds New Yorkers to

Volunteer at State Parks on Fourth Annual

“I Love My Park Day”

I Love My Park Day 2016

Albany, New York (March 30, 2016) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York state parks, historic sites and campgrounds hosted another successful season, with 65.3 million estimated visits in 2015. Park attendance increased five percent from 2014 to 2015, and nearly 14 percent since the Governor took office in 2011.

“More and more people are discovering that New York’s state parks are home to unparalleled natural beauty and a wealth of recreational activities,” Governor Cuomo said. “These increased attendance numbers are proof that this administration’s efforts to invest in and promote New York’s natural assets have been a success. I encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to see for themselves all that our state’s parks have to offer.”

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Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul highlighted the revitalization of the state park system at Chenango Valley State Park in the Southern Tier, where she encouraged New Yorkers to help their parks prepare for another successful season by taking part in the statewide “I Love My Park Day” volunteer cleanup effort on May 7.

“More and more visitors have been coming to enjoy our parks and historic sites over theILMP-working-subpage-header-2 last five years, reflecting Governor Cuomo’s strong efforts to improve and promote New York State Parks,” Lieutenant Governor Hochul said. “I Love My Park Day is the perfect opportunity for those who enjoy the parks to demonstrate just how much they care for these special places and I encourage all New Yorkers to volunteer this year at their favorite park or visit a new public land in their area.”

Park attendance was boosted by a variety of factors, including the return of fireworks to Jones Beach State Park after a five-year absence; national exposure for Letchworth and Watkins Glen State Parks, which were ranked first and third best state parks in the nation by USA Today; improvements to the newly designated Buffalo Harbor State Park on the city’s waterfront, and favorable weather throughout the summer and late into the fall.

Annual park system attendance has climbed steadily from the 57.2 million visits recorded in 2011, reflecting Governor Cuomo’s commitment to improving State Parks, expanding access to outdoor recreation, and promoting the state’s vast tourism and recreational attractions.

In addition, Governor Cuomo launched ‘I Love My Park Day,’ an annual volunteer day on the first Saturday of each May to improve and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites.

Online registration is now open for the fifth annual “I Love My Park Day” to be held on I-Love-My-Park-Day-FamilyMay 7, 2016 at more than 100 state parks and historic sites across the State. Event details can be found at http://www.nysparks.com. This year’s event includes new partnerships with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Park Service, with volunteer events planned at four locations in the Adirondack and Catskill regions of the state and at five national parks in New York State. Registration for I Love My Park Day can be completed by visiting the State Parks and Parks & Trails New York  website:  http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/index.shtml.

Long Island
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Belmont Lake State Park
Bethpage State Park
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Captree State Park
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Fire Island National Seashore
Hallock State Park
Heckscher State Park
Hempstead Lake State Park
Jones Beach State Park
Montauk Point State Park
Nissequogue River State Park
Orient Beach State Park
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
Robert Moses State Park
Sunken Meadow State Park (Alfred E. Smith)
Valley Stream State Park
Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
Wildwood State Park

“Governor Cuomo continues to lead the transformation of our park system with his NY Cezr7cZWwAArbPeParks 2020 plan to invest $900 million in public and private dollars to modernize our state park system,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Our volunteers are vital partners in this effort to make our parks and sites the very best they can be. I’d like to thank Parks & Trails New York for organizing I Love My Park Day, and look forward to again welcoming thousands of volunteers on the first Saturday in May, all working together to enhance the parks we cherish.”

Sponsored jointly by State Parks and Parks & Trails New York, I Love My Park Day is a statewide event to improve and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system’s needs. More than 100 state parks and historic sites will participate, from Jones Beach State Park to Niagara Falls State Park. New this year, volunteers can participate in clean up events at five national parks in New York State: Gateway National Recreation Area (Great Kills, Staten Island and Plumb Beach, Jamaica Bay, Queens); Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor (at Peebles Island State Park); Women’s Rights National Historical Park (Seneca Falls); Fire Island National Seashore (Patchogue); and Saratoga Battlefield Historical Park (Stillwater) as well four DEC properties: Catskill Interpretive Center (Mt. Tremper); Colgate Lake (Jewett); Hudson River Recreation Area in the Lake George Wild Forest; and Otter Creek Horse Trails (Lewis County).

Volunteers will celebrate New York’s public lands by cleaning up debris, planting trees andCuomo Billy Joel Oyster Bay Cleanup gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and working on various site improvement projects. The New York State Commission on Volunteer and Community Service is joining the effort again this year to help recruit volunteers, promote the initiative and provide support to projects across the state. Also contributing this year are members of the New York State Excelsior Conservation Corps. The ECC is a New York State AmeriCorps program run by the Student Conservation Association, created under the vision of Governor Cuomo to address the environmental and stewardship needs of New York State while inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders through environmental education programming.

For the fourth annual event last spring, 6,500 volunteers took part in over 200 cleanup, improvement and beautification projects at 95 state parks and historic sites, contributing 16,000 hours of volunteer service.

Amy Lau ILMP Day“The renaissance of New York’s State Park System, thanks to Governor Cuomo’s historic reinvestment, is a joy to behold, as is the demonstration of support for parks by friends, volunteers and partners on the annual I Love My Park Day,” Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Robin Dropkin said. “This year, on the fifth anniversary of the event, we’re excited to spread the love to some National Park and Adirondack and Catskill Park sites. Now, there are even more opportunities to give back to treasured parks and historic sites in every region of the state.”

“The Department of Environmental Conservation is very excited to be participating in I Love my Park day with inclusion of the state’s two largest parks, the Adirondacks and Catskills,” DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos said. “These two very special places designated by the New York State legislature near the turn of the 20th century are protected as “forever wild” by the New York State Constitution. New York’s Forest Preserve lands have exceptional scenic, recreational, and ecological value that will be enhanced with a variety of stewardship, beautification and clean-up projects planned for I Love my Park day.

Executive Director of Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Bob Radliff said, “As the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of protecting and sharing America’s most treasured lands in 2016, we look forward to the next century of stewardship of our parks. I Love My Park Day is a perfect way to nurture the next generation of stewards. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor will be digging in with our state park partners at our headquarters at Peebles Island State Park, located at the junction of the Champlain and Erie Canals. We hope local residents will be able to join us in a productive and rewarding experience.”

Under Governor Cuomo’s leadership, New York State is making a historic commitment to improving and expanding access to outdoor recreation. The Governor’s NY Parks 2020 program is a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in private and public funding for State Parks from 2011 to 2020. The Governor’s 2016-17 Executive Budget includes $90 million toward this initiative.

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Long Island Volunteer Center Launches New Website Platform with 5-Hour Volunteer Challenge

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 Long Island Volunteer Center Launches
New Website Platform with
5-Hour Volunteer Challenge

Long Island volunteers encouraged to celebrate power of volunteerism

Hempstead, NY – April 7, 2016 – In conjunction with the Carleton Group, New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) student-run advertising and PR agency, the Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC), a legacy Points of Light Volunteer Center and an affiliate of the HandsOn Network, announces a 5-Hour Volunteer Challenge to celebrate National Volunteer Week which runs April 10 through April 16, 2016.National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.  Points of Light, which spearheads National Volunteer Week, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. 

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Featuring a dozen volunteer opportunities, the 5-Hour Volunteer Challenge also launches a new LIVC website platform, Fundly Connect, that links individuals and groups to the volunteer needs of over 380 nonprofit groups across the region.  

The volunteer opportunities will appeal to a variety of interests, passion areas, and ages, including support for literacy and veterans, help for hungry and homeless people, assisting health organizations, and advocating for animal rescue and environmental causes.  Some of the featured volunteer opportunities are event based over the next several months and some are ongoing. A five-hour commitment is requested. Partnering organizations will register volunteers according to their internal processes to on-board volunteers. It is expected that the volunteer will have completed the five hours by the end of the calendar year.

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Volunteers can register for the 5-Hour Challenge at Roosevelt Field on Sunday, April 10 from 11 am to 3 pm on the Main Level in front of Haagen-Daz and Adidas or on Monday, April 11 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the ALEX AND ANI store located on the Upper Level near Bloomingdale’s.  All those who sign up on-site will receive a free commemorative T-shirt and will be eligible for a chance to win a $250 Simon gift card.
 

With special recognition to JustServe.org  which helped identify volunteer opportunities and thanks to Roosevelt Field and ALEX AND ANI, which were instrumental in supporting the volunteer signup events, and to the featured organizations participating in the LIVC 5-Hour Volunteer Challenge with volunteer opportunities:

The Book Fairies
Habitat for Humanity Suffolk ReStore
Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Island Harvest
Keep Islip Clean
National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Long Island Chapter
Northport VA Hospital
Parks & Trails New York “I Love My Park Day”
Rebuilding Together Long Island
Ruff House Rescue
Shoes For All
Sweetbriar Nature Center

According to www.volunteeringinamerica.gov, New York State continues to rank last in the nation in volunteer participation rates. 

What better way to celebrate National Volunteer Week than by signing up to give back and increasing the number of volunteers while also helping to increase the capacity of Long Islanders to care about regional needs.  The Long Island Volunteer Center is committed to raising the profile of volunteerism and helping solve serious societal issues through the impact and power of volunteers. #NVW2016   #‎GoodDeedsDay

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About National Volunteer Week:
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National Volunteer Week, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.
http://www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week  

About NYIT Carleton Group:
The Carleton Group is NYIT’s student run advertising and public relations agency.  cropped-CG-logo-500Students do real work for real clients in various marketing, public relations, and advertising tasks. Some clients include Long Island Ducks, North Shore LIJ, and Nassau County Museum of Art.  http://thecarletongroup.org/home/

About the Long Island Volunteer Center:
LIVC LOGOThe LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. A legacy Points of Light Volunteer Center since 1992, LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as a Regional Volunteer Center.  www.longislandvolunteercenter.org

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Long Island Volunteer Center Announces 2016 Prom Boutique Gown Collection Dates and Sites

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Long Island Volunteer Center Announces 
2016 Prom Gown Collection Dates and Sites

Celebrating its 22nd Anniversary, the Prom Boutique Provides Dresses for Thousands of Long Island High School Students

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Hempstead, NY – March 9, 2016 – The Long Island Volunteer Center, working in conjunction with Nassau Community College Marketing & Fashion students, will be collecting new and gently-used prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and accessories (including dressy shoes, evening bags and costume jewelry) for the 22nd Annual Prom Boutique.

The following is a list of collection sites that will be accepting donations.  All collections take place Sunday, April 10th from 12 pm to 2 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Suffolk County Community College – Brentwood Campus
Sally Ann Slacke Center, Room 121 (next to Van Nostrand Theatre)
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, NY 11717

St. John’s Episcopal Church
1670 Route 25A
Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Commack Public Library
18 Hauppauge Road
Commack, NY 11725
During regular hours through Sun April 10 (M-Th 9-9, F 9-6, Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5)

Westy Self-Storage
4049 Jericho Turnpike
East Northport, NY 11731

AT Stewart Exchange
109 11th Street
Garden City, NY 11530
During regular store hours through Sat April 9 (T W Th F 10-4, Sat 12-4)

Nordstrom
630 Old Country Road, Roosevelt Field, Third Level
Garden City, NY 11530

Westy Self-Storage
2400 Marcus Avenue
Lake Success, NY 11020

JPJ Real Estate & Design
154 Union Avenue
Lynbrook NY 11563
Office:  516-855-4593 or contact MaryJean Abar 516-303-6028
M-Fr 9-4 or by appointment nights and weekends

Malverne Public Library
61 St. Thomas Place
Malverne NY 11565
During regular hours through Saturday April 9 (M,W,Th 9:30-9; Tu, F, Sat 9:30-5)

Americana Manhasset Concierge
2060 Northern Boulevard
Manhasset, NY 11030

Merrick Jewish Center
225 Fox Boulevard
Merrick, NY 11566

Somerset Gardens Senior Living
150 Sunnyside Boulevard
Plainview, NY 11803

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
309 Patchogue Road
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

Lucky Finds Boutique, Ltd
7 North Park Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11570
Week of April 4: Mon thru Sat 10-6
Sunday April 10: Noon to 2:00

ReCreateU
19 South Village Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY  11570
During regular store hours through Sat April 9 (Tue-Fri 11 – 6, Sat-Sun 12 – 5)
Sunday April 10: Noon to 2

Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop
1395 Old Northern Boulevard
Roslyn, NY 11576
During regular store hours through Sat April 9 (M-F 10-5; Sat 10-6)

Gifts On You Boutique
65 West Merrick Road
Valley Stream NY 11580
Thursdays & Fridays 1-5 or by appointment

Sip This
64 Rockaway Avenue
Valley Stream, NY  11580
During regular store hours through Sat April 9 (Mon-Thurs 7am – 10pm; Fri 7am – 1am; Sat-Sun 8am – 6pm) Sunday April 10 Noon to 2 pm

All dresses and accessories will be distributed free of charge to girls of families across Long Island who cannot easily absorb the expense of a new gown for their prom, awards ceremony, or graduation.  High school guidance counselors, at-risk youth agencies, group homes, and church outreaches make the program available to their constituents.

Over 1,500 girls benefited in 2015 from 65 different schools and nonprofit youth organizations across Long Island. Created at the Junior League of Long Island in 1995 and added to the array of community service projects at the Long Island Volunteer Center in 1999, this event is made possible with generous funding from Bellmore Lions Club, Weight Watchers, LIU Post Long Island Volunteers Service Club, Friends of Lana, and Zurich NA.

For more information on Prom Boutique, please contact prom@longislandvolunteercenter.org
or the Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482 or www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.

About the Long Island Volunteer Center:
The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders.  A legacy Points of Light Volunteer Center since 1992, LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities.  In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as a Regional Volunteer Center.

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Long Island Blizzard Preparedness – Winter Storm Jonas

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Winter Storm Jonas

(Print this now should you lose power later!)

From Patch.com

A Blizzard watch has been issued for Long Island from Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon.

This means residents can expect heavy snow, about 8 to 12 inches of it, along with strong and potentially damaging winds, according to the National Weather Service.

When a Blizzard watch is issued, forecasters are about 50 percent positive a blizzard will occur.

During a blizzard:

Some non-main roads may become impassable.
Strong winds may down power lines and trees.
Low visibility (a quarter-mile or less at times) could make traveling extremely dangerous.
The National Weather Service calls winter storms “Deceptive Killers” because most deaths aren’t directly caused by the weather. People mostly die in traffic accidents on icy roads and of hypothermia from being exposed to the cold for a long period of time.

It is important for residents to be ready for the extreme winter weather before it strikes.

Patch has compiled a list of how you can prepare for a blizzard, what to do once it hits and a list of emergency numbers to keep on hand. Information is provided by the Red Cross, Nassau County and Suffolk County.

How to Prepare for a Blizzard:

Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full.
Keep a disaster supply kit in your vehicle.
Make sure your cell phones, tablets and laptops are charged; have a backup cell phone charger.
Keep these items in your home: batteries, flashlights, bottled water, a non-electric can opener, a week’s supply of medicine, ready-to-eat foods, wood for the fireplace, propane for barbeque grills, emergency medical supplies, a fire extinguisher and extra cash.
Have plenty of warm clothing and blankets.
Make sure your home is properly insulated by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep the cold air out.
Remove parked cars from the road to make it easier for snowplowing.
If you are going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home and set it to a temperature of no lower than 55 degrees.

What to Do During a Blizzard:

Use safe sources of alternative heat: a fireplace, a small well-vented wood or coal stove, or portable space heaters.
Stay off the roads if you can. If you must drive, travel during the day, don’t go alone, tell others where you’re going, stay on main roads and avoid back roads.
Watch for signs of frostbite or hypothermia.
Don’t overexert yourself while shoveling snow. Heart attacks are a major cause of death during the winter. Cold temperatures put an extra strain on your heart.
Walk carefully on snowy and icy walkways
Stay away from downed power lines as they may be electrified.
Do not walk or drive into flooded areas.
Do not place trash bags, barrels or recycling bins on top of snow banks. Place them on the street at the foot of the snow banks or at the end of the driveways. Make sure these items are not in the path of the plows.
Keep children away from the snow banks and from the edge of the road.
Stay off the roads when the plowing operations are taking place. The plows are able to operate more effectively with less traffic. Motorists on the road should give the plows plenty of room.
Residents should clear snow away from the nearest fire hydrant and keep catch basins clear of snow to prevent street flooding.
Keep sidewalks and pathways clear for pedestrians.
Do not deposit any water or other freezable substances onto the streets. The water may freeze and cause a hazardous condition.
Emergency Phone Numbers:

Emergency: 911

Suffolk County: Sign up for alerts here.
Nassau County: Sign up for alerts here.
Electric Outage or Downed Wire:

Call PSEG LI at 1-800-490-0075 to report an outage.
Call 911 or your local fire department to report a downed electric wire and stay away from the wires.
No Telephone Service: Call your local telephone provider from your cell phone or a friend/neighbor’s phone.

AT&T: 1-800-288-2020
Verizon: 1-800-922-0204
Sprint: 1-844-665-6327
T-Mobile: 1-877-746-0909

Smell of Gas:  Call National Grid at 1-800-490-0045
No Cable Service:  Optimum: 631-393-0636; Verizon Fios: 1-800-837-4966

Train and Bus Schedules: Call the MTA at 511 or 1-877-690-5116

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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano

January 21, 2016
Nassau County is no stranger to heavy snow fall, but with the impending snowstorm scheduled to impact our area, here are some very important safety tips and contact numbers where you can receive storm-related information and assistance. It may be helpful to keep a list of numbers with you during the course of the storm.
As a reminder of the importance of being prepared here is a winter safety checklist which includes precautions and helpful tips. Please review the safety information below in addition to the important contact numbers.

ALL LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES SHOULD DIAL 911

Nassau County Office of Emergency Management: (516) 573-9600

To Report Power Outages or Downed Power Lines:
• PSEG Hotline: 1-800-490-0075

24-Hour Gas Emergency Service:
• National Grid: (800) 490-0045

State Maintained Roads:
• NYS Department of Transportation: (631) 904-3059

Shelters/Warming Centers:
• Nassau County Department of Social Services: (516) 227-8519. After office hours (516) 573-8626.
• Emergency Shelter Program WARMBED: 1-866-927-6233. (1-866- WARMBED)
• Nassau County Red Cross: (516) 747-3500
• Long Island Crisis Center: (516) 679-1111
• The Safe Center L.I.: (516) 542-0404

Mass Transit Information:
• MTA/LIRR/LI Bus online: http://www.mta.info
• LIRR 24 hour travel information center: (718) 217-5477
• NYC Transit travel information: (718) 330-1234
• NICE Bus Travel Information Center: (516) 228-4000

SAFETY TIPS
Driver Safety:
• Make sure your car is prepared for cold temperature and wintery conditions like snow and ice. Keep your equipment properly maintained and include a winter survival kit in your vehicle: an ice scraper, snow shovel and sand/salt, battery jumper cables, flash light, cell phone and charger, extra clothes/warm winter apparel.
• Be sure to clear snow and ice off your car- including windows, mirrors, lights, hood, roof and trunk.
• Be cautious of black ice and slippery roads. Remember that speed limits are meant for dry roads not roads covered in snow and ice so be sure to adjust speed based on road conditions.
• Avoid passing snow plows and sand trucks, as the drivers can have limited visibility.
• Monitor road and weather conditions by checking local news stations and weather sites.
• Avoid traveling during a major snow storm or blizzard unless absolutely necessary. If you must travel, inform someone of your travel plans.

Safe Snow Shoveling Clean Up:
• When snow is predicted move cars off the street and into the driveway (if possible) to enable the plow drivers to do the best job of clearing the roadways.
• If you have a fire hydrant in front of your home, make sure to remove snow from that area. In the event of an emergency the fire departments may need access to fire hydrants.
• Be careful to avoid over exertion, lifting a heavy shovel full of snow or even walking through heavy, wet snow or snow drifts, could strain your heart.
• Be careful of back and body injuries, the most common injuries associated with snow removal include sprains and strains, particularly in the back and shoulders, as well as lacerations and finger amputations. DO NOT remove snow from snow blower using your hands/fingers.
• Make sure to wear, layered, clothing which provides both ventilation and insulation,
• Try to clear snow early and often, to avoid dealing with packed, heavy snow or even ice.
• If you experience chest pains, shortness of breath, or other signs of a heart attack, stop right away and call 911.

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Beat the Holiday Stress with Volunteering…Helping others is a Great Way to Celebrate the Holiday Season!

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

The holidays are just around the corner. For the majority of us, the season is a time when we gather together with loved ones to enjoy delicious meals, good company and to celebrate. Unfortunately for many though, the holidays can be a particularly difficult time. Volunteering is a wonderful way that you can make difference in your community and help those in need. Local organizations often welcome the “holiday spirit” as an opportunity to have more helping hands and serve those in need. Long-time LIVC volunteer staff member, Anne Sprotte, creates our seasonal volunteer opportunity lists, ensuring your volunteer search will be easy and hopefully, successful.

No matter where you live on Long Island, there is sure to be a volunteer opportunity to fit your holiday volunteering desires. Click on the link below, and begin making a difference today!

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

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Today is National PrepareThon Day – Don’t Wait. Communicate. Hurricane Joaquin!

September is National Preparedness Month

Today is National PrepareThon Day!

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Today is National PrepareAthon! Day and with Hurricane Joaquin headed toward the East Coast, this information and awareness could not be more timely.  Please take a moment to use the links below to ensure you and your family are prepared!

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On behalf of the Ready Campaign, I invite you to join millions of Americans who have made a commitment to increasing the level of emergency preparedness for themselves, their family and their community.

September 1 is the first day of National Preparedness Month. We are encouraging everyone to participate in the theme, Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.

Now is a great time to make an emergency communication plan for your family. This month, we hope that you will spend time together with your family and talk about how you will contact each other and where you will meet should disaster strike.

National Preparedness Month culminates with National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30 when we turn our attention from awareness to action. If you have not already done so, please use this national day of action to practice your family emergency communication plan, and make sure everyone knows what to do and has the phone numbers they need to stay in touch.

Join America’s PrepareAthon! Visit www.ready.gov/prepare. Click on Be Counted, Add Your Activity and tell us how you, your family and friends, and community are getting more prepared. Your registration could motivate others to prepare!

Thank you for your interest in participating in National Preparedness Month. We look forward to seeing what you and your community will do!

Zachary Kittrie
Acting Director of FEMA Ready Campaign

Welcome to our 2015 National Preparedness Month pages.
Here are some things you can do to get started:

1. Download the National Preparedness Month toolkit
In this toolkit, you will find useful tips on how to promote preparedness by using graphics, videos and text to promote through social media.

2. Check out Weekly Themes
Each week in September will focus on a specific hazard. We will post resources and tips to raise awareness to help you learn more about the hazard.

3. Register for National PrepareAthon! Day
Continue the momentum by participating in National PrepareAthon! Day on September 30. Join America’s PrepareAthon! and register your own event or join other activities and events. Go to America’s PrepareAthon! to select your activity.

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