Superstorm Sandy: What LIers need to know

A tree fell on a house on Harvard

A tree fell on a house on Harvard Street near New Hyde Park Road in Garden City. (Oct. 29, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/ Audrey C. Tiernan

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FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center in Nassau County will be at Nassau Community College in Garden City. It is to open Saturday with operating hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

In Suffolk, FEMA will start accepting disaster relief applications on Monday at the county's HLD Building in Hauppauge. The center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The agency also is setting up a mobile center behind Bower Elementary School in Lindenhurst. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Residents who think they may qualify for federal aid or would like more information on what disaster assistance programs are available can also call FEMA at 800-621-3362 or go to





The American Red Cross has five feeding sites that are open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Happauge, Riverhead County Center, Mastic Fire House in Mastic Beach, Cedar Creek Park in Seaford and Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach.


The Town of North Hempstead is opening comfort stations Saturday, giving residents a place to warm up, charge electronic devices and take a hot shower. The stations, to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., are at the Aquatic Activity Center at Tully Park, New Hyde Park; "Yes We Can" Community Center, Westbury and the Clubhouse at Harbor Links Golf Course, Port Washington. Residents are asked to bring toiletries and towels.


Riverhead town will be keeping its senior center in Aquebogue open as a warming center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 631-722-4444.


Nassau County will provide hot shower facilities, free of charge, starting Saturday 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. to 11 p.m. each day until further notice.


The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office will distribute ice from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday -- or until the supply runs out -- at the corner of Yaphank Avenue and Glover Driver in Yaphank and at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility in Riverside. Residents, who should bring their own coolers, are limited to one cooler fill-up per car. Call ahead to check availability at 631-987-0706.


The Red Cross will serve hot meals this weekend at the Southern Baptist Kitchen on Acorn Street in Deer Park. The agency also will deliver hot meals to hard-hit neighborhoods, including Long Beach, Island Park and Lindenhurst.


The Paramount Theater in downtown Huntington will be collecting food for Long Island Cares from noon to 6 p.m. daily, hosting a blood drive for the Long Island Blood Center on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., and will offer a warming station through Sunday from noon until midnight with free soda and water.


Community Ambulance Co. of Sayville on Saturday will have a truck parked with a generator and power strip for residents to charge electronic devices and small medical equipment. The truck will be at Main Street and Railroad Avenue in Sayville from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Main Street and Snedecor Avenue in Bayport from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., and at the Oakdale 7-11 store on Main Street from 3 to 3:30 p.m.


Huntington residents can go to six centers that will have food, heat and charging areas.

They are:

* Central Presbyterian Church, 240 Main St., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily;

* Temple Beth El, 660 Park Ave., from 2 to 9 p.m. on Sunday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday;

* St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church, at New York Ave. and East 9th Street, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday;

* Light of Salvation Church, 1599 New York Ave., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday;

* Dix Hills Ice Rink, 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday;

* Huntington YMCA, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with showers available. At the ice rink there will be free ice skating and showers are available.

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Suffolk County Police are enforcing a curfew from dusk until dawn until further notice in areas of the First Precinct. Motorists and pedestrians are prohibited south of Montauk Highway in Babylon Village, Lindenhurst and Copiague. Montauk Highway will remain open to traffic. Those who violate the curfew are subject to arrest.

The 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew in Long Beach remains in effect.





* The Town of Oyster Bay will collect clothing Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Marjorie R. Post Community Park, Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, and Oyster Bay Community Center.

* Adelphi University is hosting an emergency blood drive on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. The school also is accepting clothing, toiletries, and food for shelters in need in the New York City and Long Island areas. Power strips will be available for charging electronic devices.

* Island Harvest in Mineola is taking donations, especially protein products in cans, personal-care items and baby items. For more information call 631-873-4775.

* Long Island Cares is accepting donations, with the most crucial need for diapers and baby formula that will be delivered to emergency shelters. For more information, call 631-582-FOOD or contact the agency via Facebook at

* Long Island Food Not Bombs is seeking volunteers and donations of food, clothing, gasoline and communications devices. For more information, send a message to

* B'nai B'rith International opened a disaster relief fund for Sandy and is collecting donations. To donate or for more information, visit





* Gather together. A crowded room becomes warmer than one with just a few people inside. Close doors to all but essential rooms.

* Open curtains and shades to let the sun's warmth in, then close them at dusk.

* Wear extra, loose layers of clothing and a head cover inside, and use layers of blankets on beds.

* Do not use electrical generators inside, prop open the oven door or keep oven burners on.

* The Town of North Hempstead is encouraging its 100,000 senior citizens to go to its shelters at high schools in Manhasset, Port Washington, Glen Cove, Locust Valley and Farmingdale or other Nassau County shelters.






Eight shelters are open. The largest shelter is at Nassau Community College, which has been housing, among others, those evacuated from Long Beach, Island Park and areas along barrier beaches. The other are: Eastport/South Manor High School in Manorville, Robert Frost Middle School in Deer Park, Sachem East High School in Farmingdale, Walt Whitman High School in South Huntington, Manhasset High School, Farmingdale High School and the Gerald Claps Center, (former Levittown Memorial High School) in Levittown


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* Brentwood Recreation Center, Brentwood

* Woodland Building at the Eastern Campus of Suffolk County Community College, Riverhead


* 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.


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

* An Orthodox Jewish shelter is at West Hempstead High School.





* Long Island Rail Road is operating hourly service between Penn Station and Babylon, Huntington, Port Washington and Ronkonkoma, and between Jamaica and Atlantic Terminal. The railroad is to start charging fares today. Riders should go to for up-to-date information.

* NICE bus is operating on most routes in Nassau County. Fares are being collected. Limited Able-Ride service is available. For details, go to

* Suffolk County Transit buses have returned to regular service with normal fares.

* Some local roads remain closed because of flooding, debris, downed power lines or fallen trees.

* Many traffic signals are not working because of power outages -- drivers should approach those intersections with caution and treat them as a four-way stop.

* Kennedy, LaGuardia, Newark-Liberty and Long Island MacArthur airports are open. Travelers should contact their airlines for delay or cancellation information before going to any airport.

* Tunnels -- The Holland, Midtown and Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery tunnels remain closed.

* Limited subway service is running in New York City. In Manhattan, there is no subway service below 42nd Street. City buses are running at full service.





LIPA is still working to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses. Customers should be prepared for service outages lasting several more days, officials said. Outages should be reported by calling 800-490-0075, online at or by texting OUT to 695472.

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





At least 13 Long Island public school districts have reopened. Another 20 districts expect to open Monday or by midweek. Some districts, especially in Nassau and western Suffolk counties, will make decisions on Sunday based on whether schools have power and roads are clear to transport students. Go to for more detail.





* Residents in Long Beach should not drink the water.

* The Water Authority of Western Nassau County advised customers that their water is safe to drink, but asked that use be limited because the agency is relying on emergency generators. Customers with problems should call 516-327-4100.

* Water supplies from Suffolk Water Authority are safe to drink, agency officials said. The exception is on Fire Island, where power was shut off Sunday. For more information customers should call 631-698-9500.

* The Suffolk health department advised anyone with a well that was covered by flooding to drink bottled water and have the well tested.





Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced extensions 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.


Touro Law Center will open a center next week to provide storm-related referrals, assistance and legal advice for local residents and small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Touro Law Center -- Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team will be staffed by volunteer lawyers and law students. Residents can the center at 631-761-7198 or email

The New York State Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College will have a counselor at Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst to assist small businesses with storm-related needs, including damage documentation and paperwork preparation. A counselor will be available from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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