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Shelters, resources and assistance for Sandy survival

Volunteers distribute self-heating meals provided by FEMA to

Volunteers distribute self-heating meals provided by FEMA to families in need from a distribution center set up in Bayville. (Nov. 02, 2012) Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Eight shelters are open. The largest is at Nassau Community College in Garden City. Others are at Eastport/South Manor High School in Manorville, Robert Frost Middle School in Deer Park, Sachem East High in Farmingdale, Walt Whitman High in South Huntington, Manhasset High, Farmingdale High and the Gerald Claps Center, (former Levittown Memorial High School) in Levittown.

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.

A special needs shelter is at Nassau Community College's CCB building. An Orthodox Jewish shelter is at West Hempstead High School.

The Federal Emergency Management 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. You must first register with FEMA at a recovery center, by calling 800-621-3362 or by going to

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

In Suffolk, FEMA will start accepting disaster relief applications Monday at the county's HLD Building in Hauppauge. The center will be open 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 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The American Red Cross has five feeding sites open from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and then 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge, 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 has opened comfort stations with heat, showers and charging stations. The stations, 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.

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.

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

Huntington residents can go to warming centers that will have food, heat and charging areas at Central Presbyterian Church, Temple Beth El, St. Hugh of Lincoln Roman Catholic Church, Light of Salvation Church, Dix Hills Ice Rink, William J. Bronson School in Northport, the American Legion Hall in Northport and the Huntington YMCA. For details and hours of operation go to

Amityville residents can charge small electronic devices at the Village Hall lobby, which will be open round-the-clock.

Hot showers will be available at Phelps Lane Pool in North Babylon Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents should bring towels, shower shoes and supplies. Babylon Town Hall will be open Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with computers available for residents to use and charging stations.

Suffolk County police are enforcing a curfew from dusk to 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. Curfew violators may be arrested.

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


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre is seeking nonperishable food, hand sanitizers, bottled water, diapers and baby wipes, basic toiletries and toilet paper, warm clothing, towels and blankets, batteries, can openers and flashlights. Donations are being accepted at any parish. The diocese also is accepting money donations, which will be distributed to parish-based and other Catholic social service agencies.

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

Adelphi University in Garden City 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 especially wants protein products in cans, personal-care items, and baby items, among other donations. For more information call 631-873-4775.

Long Island Cares most crucially needs for diapers and baby formula to give to emergency shelters. For more information, call 631-582-FOOD or contact the agency via Facebook at

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

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

In Babylon Village, American Legion Post 94 will accept donations of nonperishable food items, clothing, bedding, baby and child care items, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Tuesday.

The Town of Hempstead will collect coats, clothing, blankets and other essential supplies for storm victims. Starting Monday, collection bins will be at Hempstead Town Hall in Hempstead Village, Echo Park in West Hempstead and Levittown Hall.

The North Bellmore Engine and Rescue Co. #2 will host a collection drive for Island Park. Donations will be accepted Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at 829 Newbridge Rd. in North Bellmore. The dontations will be distributed this week.

Nassau County will accept donations to help county residents affected by Sandy. Drop-off sites are 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.

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 and don't prop open the oven door or keep the burners on for heat.

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.

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.

Additional Long Island Rail Road service has been restored. For current schedules, turn to pages 41 through 49.

NICE Bus in Nassau, Suffolk County Transit buses and city buses are running at or near normal.

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.

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

Subway service in New York City has expanded, especially between Brooklyn and Queens and Manhattan. City buses are running at full service. For schedules, go to

LIPA crews continue to work to restore power to more than 400,000 customers. Outages could last several more days. Electricity outages should be reported to 800-490-0075, online at or by texting OUT to 695472.

Gas leaks should be reported to National Grid at 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, are to make decisions 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 -- except on Fire Island -- are safe to drink, agency officials said. 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

New York State 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. The state will be able to issue up to $65 million in replacement benefits.

Touro Law Center in Central Islip will start this week to 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

The New York State Small Business Development Center at Farmingdale State College will have a counselor at Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst to help 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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