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Superstorm Sandy: What LI needs to know

The canopy roof of a BP gas station

The canopy roof of a BP gas station along Route 112 in Medford collapsed during superstorm Sandy. (Oct. 30, 2012) Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

As of Thursday night, these are the facts on the ground:

* CURRENT SITUATION: Wednesday's nor'easter knocked out more power for Long Island residents, and caused renewed flooding on the south shore. Federal and local services continue to provide food and warmth for displaced residents, and a gas rationing system will begin Friday.

* POWER OUTAGES: Just before 6 p.m. Thursday, 254,455 LIPA customers remained without power in Nassau, Suffolk and on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA warned that 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.


* TRAFFIC: All highways are open. In New York City, all bridges are reopened (some with limited service) except the Hugh L. Carey (Brooklyn Battery) Tunnel. More information

* TRANSIT: The Long Island Rail Road Thursday resumed its modified schedule after Wednesday night's storm delays and suspensions. The LIRR is operating with limited hourly service on all but the Long Beach line, which remains closed. Off-peak fares are being charged. For schedule details, go to

Limited L train subway service between Brooklyn and Manhattan was extended from Rockaway Parkway to 8th Avenue. The reopening of the 14th Street tube reconnects residents of Williamsburg, Bushwick, East New York and Canarsie to Manhattan.

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

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* CLOSINGS: Dozens of LI school districts remain closed due to Sandy-related conditions. More information » | Mobile link:

* 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.

* 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:


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.

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.

The Bethpage Fire Department Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. will be providing hot food to residents without power.


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.

* SHELTERS: Shelters are open on Long Island and New York City.



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.

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 Friday.

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.

* North Babylon Fire Department

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


Check the FEMA hotline by texting SHELTER + ZIP CODE to 43362 (4-FEMA) More information | Mobile link:


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.


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


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

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 Mondaynov 12 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 and non-perishable food items.

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.

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.

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

Long Island Food Not Bombs seeks 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

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 or sent to City of Long Beach Relief, 1 West Chester St., Long Beach, NY 11561.

The Long Island Council of Churches has received hundreds of kits for cleanup, babies, hygiene and children at its Riverhead office. Other supplies, such as toiletries and clothes, are also free, but the nonprofit seeks money and drivers who can pick up and drop off supplies to hard-hit areas. Call 516-565-0290 to donate, help or get locations of places of worship giving free supplies and shelter.

For information about area restaurants accepting or making donations, go to the Feed Me blog at

For information about benefit events, shows and concerts, go to


The Suffolk Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals needs all kinds of pet supplies to distribute, such as litter, leashes, bowls and toys. Dropoffs are accepted from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the SPCA office, 725 Veterans Memorial Hwy. Bldg. 16, Hauppauge, or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Talmage Farm Agway, 1122 Osborn Ave., Riverhead. For more information, call 631-382-7722.

Bobbie & the Strays shelter in Freeport sustained significant flooding damage and needs everything from cash and cat trees to drywall and a commercial washing machine. For more information, call 516-378-4340


Freeport 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

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. through Friday.


Do not burn charcoal or gas grills inside a house, garage, or fireplace.

Never use a generator indoors.

Locate portable generators outdoors on a dry service, away from doors, windows, vents and air conditioning equipment.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include feelign sick, dizzy or weak. If symptoms arise, seek fresh air or call for help.


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.

Early signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, confusion or sleepiness, slowed or slurred speech, stiffness in arms and legs, poor control over body movements and slow reaction.

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

* FLIGHTS: Airports remain open with scattered delays. Track individual flights here | Mobile link:

* FLOODING: Flooding due to the nor'easter has been reported in Lindenhurst and other locations on the south shore. Storm surge maps for Long Island | Mobile link:

    * EVACUATIONS: Nassau residents who live in flood zones are under evacuation orders. More information | Mobile link:

    Emergency phone numbers and contact information

    ---- NASSAU

    The nonemergency hotline, 1-888-684-4274, will be activate for non-life-threatening events, including downed trees and roadside issues. For more on storm preparation, visit

    North Hempstead: Call 311 or 516-TOWN-311 for a service representative or go to

    Call 516-489-5000 or visit

    Oyster Bay
    Go to or call highway department to report downed trees at 516-677-5757.

    City of Glen Cove
    Go to or call 516-676-2000.

    City of Long Beach
    Visit or call city hall at 516-431-1000.


    ---- SUFFOLK

    Visit or call the public safety department at 631-422-7600 to report downed trees.

    Call the highway department at 631-451-9200 to report downed trees or visit

    East Hampton
    Go to or call the highway department to report roadway obstructions at 631-324-0925.

    Visit huntingtonny.govcq no dot between huntington and ny on website/yr or call its 24-hour emergency number, 631-271-6573, or for downed trees, 631-499-0444.

    Visit or call 631-224-5600 to report downed trees or power lines.

    Call the storm hotline at 631-727-3200 or visit gov per website/yr

    Call the Public Safety Department at 631-360-7553, or the Highway Department at 631-360-7500.

    Go to or call 631-283-6000.

    Visit or call 631-765-1800.

    Shelter Island
    Visit or call 631-749-0291.

    * Never use portable generators indoors, in garages or near open windows.

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