Where to find comfort, aid after Sandy

Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteers distribute hot food

Red Cross Disaster Relief volunteers distribute hot food to families affected by Superstorm Sandy at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. (Nov. 1, 2012) (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

 

COMFORT STATIONS

 

Services offered vary from site to site. Some offer meals and hot showers while others are open just to charge small electronic devices or get warm. For detailed information, call individual towns, villages, schools or charities or check their websites:


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NASSAU COUNTY

 

The American Red Cross has food distribution centers open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, Grant Park in Hewlett and Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach.

Sen. Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, and Long Island Cares will sponsor a free mobile food distribution program today starting at 10 a.m. at Seamans Neck Park in Seaford.

Nassau County is offering free hot shower facilities at Cantiague Park in Hicksville, the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Eisenhower Park and the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale. They will be open from 8 a.m. until 11 p.m. daily until further notice.

Nassau County has opened several warming centers. Check ahead to make sure a center has power. They are located at the Baldwin Senior Center, Bellmore Library, Bellmore Senior Center, Bethpage Senior Center, East Meadow American Legion Hall, Elmont Senior Center, Franklin Square Senior Center, Freeport Memorial Libray, Freeport Senior Center, Glen Cove Senior Center, Great Neck Senior Center, Green Acres Senior Center in Valley Stream, Hempstead Senior Center, Herricks Senior Center, Levittown Senior Center, Our Lady of Lourdes School in Massapequa Park, Merrick Library, Merrick Golf Course clubhouse, North Merrick Senior Center, Oyster Bay Senior Center, Port Washington Senior Center, Rockville Centre American Legion and Hispanic Brotherhood Senior Center, Rosa Parks Senior Center in Roosevelt, North Shore Synagogue in Syosset, Uniondale/Hempstead Senior Center, Uniondale/Merrick Senior Center, Wantagh Senior Center, Temple Bnei Torah in Wantagh, Echo Park Pool in West Hempstead, and the Magnolia Gardens Senior Center, Salisbury Senior Center and Westbury Senior Center in Westbury.

The Town of North Hempstead has comfort stations with heat, showers and charging stations. The sites, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., are at the Aquatic Activity Center at Tully Park in New Hyde Park; the "Yes We Can" Community Center in Westbury and the Clubhouse at Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington. Residents are asked to bring their own toiletries and towels.

Hempstead Town warming locations are open from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Baldwin Senior Center, Bellmore Senior Center, Elmont Senior Center, Franklin Square Senior Center Green Acres Senior Center, Levittown Senior Center, Rosa Parks Senior Center in Roosevelt, Salisbury Senior Center in Westbury, Uniondale/Hempstead Senior Center and Uniondale/Merrick Senior Center in Uniondale, Wantagh Senior Center, Merrick Road Golf Course Clubhouse and the Echo Park Pool in West Hempstead.

 

 

SUFFOLK COUNTY

 

The American Red Cross meal distribution centers are open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, Riverhead County Center and the Mastic Fire House in Mastic Beach.

Town of Babylon warming centers are open at the Farmingdale Knigs of Columbus, Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst, Babylon Town Annex in North Babylon, Lindenhurst Public Library, Copiague Library, St. Joseph's Parish in Babylon and West Babylon Public Library.

Town of Brookhaven warming centers are at the Rose Caracapa Senior Citizen Cultural and Wellness Center in Mount Sinai, Bay Area Nutrition Center in Mastic, Robert E. Reid Senior Recreation Center in Shoreham, St. Michaels Recreation Center in Gordon Heights, Mastic Recreation Center, Henrietta Acampora Recreation Center in Bluepoint and the Town of Brookhaven Recreation Building in Centereach.

Town of Huntington residents can go to warming centers at the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack, Dix Hills Ice Rink, Central Presbyterian Church in Huntington, Temple Beth El in Huntington, the Huntington YMCA, Light of Salvation Church in Huntington Station, St. Hugh of Lincoln RC Church in Huntington, the Salvation Army East Northport Service Center and the Vilalge Green Senior Center.

Town of Islip comfort stations are located at the Sayville Public Library, American Legion Post 411 in Islip, Joyce Fitzpatrick Senior Center in Islip, West Islip Senior Center, St. Marks Church in Islip and the VFOW in Brentwood.

 

 

DONATIONS

 

Newsday, News 12 Long Island and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation have launched Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief. Donations can be made by calling 800-931-5707 or going to newsday.com/sandyrelief.

Nassau County is accepting donations at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola; Eisenhower Park in East Meadow; Wantagh Park and the county's Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage.

The New York Islanders on Monday will host free skating for the public at Nassau Coliseum from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. During the event, the team will collect monetary donations, warm clothing and nonperishable food items.

Island Harvest in Mineola is seeking protein products in cans, personal-care items and baby items, among other donations. For more information call 631-873-4775. Island Harvest also is expanding its annual "Turkey, Emergency Food & Relief Drive." The agency will be accepting donations of frozen turkeys, shelf-stable food and cleaning supplies Nov. 16 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 899 S. Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage.

For information about area restaurants accepting or making donations, go to the Feed Me blog at newsday.com/feedme.

For information about benefit events, shows and concerts, go to newsday.com/events.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre is accepting donations at any parish. The diocese also is accepting money donations, which will be distributed to parish-based and other Catholic social service agencies.

Adelphi University in Garden City is accepting clothing, toiletries, and food for shelters in need in the New York City and Long Island areas.

Long Island Cares is asking for donations of diapers and baby formula for use in emergency shelters. For more information, call 631-582-FOOD or contact the agency via Facebook at facebook.com/licares.

Long Island Food Not Bombs seeks volunteers and donations of food, clothing, gasoline and communications devices. For more information, email longislandfoodnotbombs@gmail.com.

B'nai B'rith International opened a disaster relief fund for Sandy. To donate or for more information go to bbi.convio.net.

The Town of Hempstead has collection bins at Town Hall in Hempstead Village, Echo Park in West Hempstead and Levittown Hall.

Long Beach city officials are accepting donations at the Ice Arena. Items needed include blankets, diapers, wipes, children's shoes, paper towels, toilet paper, batteries, socks, hats, gloves and shopping bags. Food and water donations are being accepted at the East and West elementary schools and Waldbaum's Plaza. Financial donations can be made online at longbeachny.gov or sent to City of Long Beach Relief, 1 West Chester St., Long Beach, NY 11561.

 

 

FEMA RECOVERY CENTERS

 

NASSAU COUNTY

Long Beach Recreation Center and Ice Arena, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Island Park Village Hall, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Nassau County Community College, Garden City, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SUFFOLK COUNTY

H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Islip Emergency Operations Center, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mastic Recreation Center, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Lindenhurst Library, open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Suffolk County Complex in Riverhead, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

The agency has activated its transitional shelter program, which allows those who cannot return to their homes because of storm damage to stay in participating hotels, motels or other housing. Applicants must first register with FEMA, either at a recovery center, by calling 800-621-3362 or by going to DisasterAssistance.gov.

 

 

SHELTERS

 

RED CROSS SHELTERS

NASSAU COUNTY

The largest Red Cross shelter is at Nassau Community College in Garden City. Others are at Levittown Memorial High School, Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School (check ahead to make sure the school has power), Farmingdale High School, Glen Cove High School, New Hyde Park High School and the North Shore Temple in Syosset.

SUFFOLK COUNTY

Village Green Center in Huntington; St. Joseph's College in Patchogue. The shelters at Sachem Central Teachers Association in Holbrook and William Floyd High School in Holbrook are closing today.

 

PET SHELTERS IN NASSAU

 

Nassau County Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale. The North Shore Animal League America has three mobile units and already is caring for about 100 animals.

 

PET SHELTER IN SUFFOLK

 

North Babylon Fire Department

 

OTHER SHELTERS

 

A special needs shelter is at Nassau Community College's CCB building.

An Orthodox Jewish shelter is at West Hempstead High School.

 

 

CURFEWS

 

Suffolk County police are enforcing a curfew, prohibiting motorists and pedestrians south of Montauk Highway in Babylon Village, Lindenhurst and Copiague from dusk until dawn. Montauk Highway will remain open to traffic. Curfew violators may be arrested.

The curfew in Long Beach remains in effect, but now stretches from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. because of daylight saving time.

 

 

SCAM WARNINGS

 

Suffolk County police remind residents that most utility work is done outside with no need for crews to enter homes. If someone asks to enter a home, claiming to work for a utility company, ask for photo identification and look for a company logo on vehicles. If still suspicious, call 911 for police assistance.

Scambook, an online complaint resolution site, offers these tips for making donations:

Contact the state attorney general's office or the National Association of State Charity Officials (NASCO) to make sure a charity is officially registered. Websites such as guidestar.org and charitynavigator.org also can help determine legitimacy.

Do not send personal or financial information, or wire money, in response to an unsolicited email call for donations.

Don't give in to pressure. A legitimate charity will not pressure or rush you to donate immediately. It's OK to say "no."

Never provide any personal information, such as social security number or banking information, over the phone.

Fake charities commonly use logos or names similar to more widely known and established charity organizations. If anyone claims to be associated with a more well-known charity, call the official organization for confirmation.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

The Long Island Rail Road is operating with limited hourly service on all but the Long Beach line, which remains closed. For schedule details, go to newsday.com.

The Queens-Midtown tunnel opened to traffic Friday. The Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn-Battery tunnel remains closed.

 

 

POWER

 

LIPA continues to work to restore power to customers across Long Island. Outages could last several more days. Electricity outages should be reported to 800-490-0075, online at liaccount.com/outage or by texting OUT to 695472.

Gas leaks should be reported to National Grid at 800-490-0045.

 

 

OTHER ASSISTANCE

 

Greeport Village officials will host an emergency management question-and-answer session Saturday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Freeport Recreation Center

Residents and businesses in Long Beach can pick up mail at the Western Nassau Processing Plant at 830 Stewart Ave. in Garden City from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

SUNY Farmingdale is hosting "One Stop Relief to Recovery" at Roosevelt Hall Saturday. Health and human service providers will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide assistance with issues such as mental health, legal services, child care and other assistance.

New York State has extended time for Department of Motor Vehicle renewals, tax filings and payments, and bond payments for residents and businesses in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties and in New York City.

The state also will replace food stamps lost in the storm in areas hardest hit. Current recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP, will be automatically issued 50 percent of their benefits starting next week, Cuomo's office announced.

Touro Law Center in Central Islip will provide storm-related referrals, assistance and legal advice for local residents and small businesses affected by the storm. The law school's Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team will be staffed by volunteer lawyers and law students. Residents can call 631-761-7198 or email tlcheart@tourolaw.edu.

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