MINEOLA, NY, Feb. 8 — The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Westbury High School, 1 Post Ave, Old Westbury.
While Long Islanders are encouraged to remain in their owns as the storm hits, the shelter serves as an alternative for those who may not feel safe in their homes.
Cots and blankets will be provided; however, those seeking shelter should bring hygiene gear, pillows, medications, change of clothes, toys for children, and other comfort items.
At this time, no shelters are open in Suffolk County, though volunteers are on alert and shelter supplies have been pre-positioned.
Long Islanders are encouraged to visit http://www.redcross.org for storm safety information and shelter locations. They may also call 1-877-RED-CROSS.
YAPHANK, N.Y., Sept. 3, 2010 – Governor David A. Paterson thanked American Red Cross volunteers Friday afternoon for their efforts to prepare Long Island for Hurricane Earl’s approach. At a press conference in the agency’s operations center, Paterson praised them,
“Not just for their response to this disaster but for all the months of work and training and preparedness that make it easy.”
The response on Long Island is being led by Robert Imbornoni, the chief response officer for the Metropolitan New York Chapters. Imbornoni credited the success of the effort to years of hard work and coordination between the local chapters. The disaster relief operation headquarters was established adjacent to the Suffolk County Chapter’s offices. Volunteers from throughout the region—Suffolk, Nassau County, and Greater New York—are leading the response with some volunteers coming from as far as Chicago.
And though most of Long Island seems to have dodged a bullet thanks to Earl shifting east, the Red Cross remains on the job. A shelter is open in Montauk, a small village located on the easternmost point of the island that is being pounded by heavy surf and rain. Coastal flooding remains a concern across the island as the storm passes.
“We will be here as long as we are needed,” stated Imbornoni.
Long Island’s Red Cross Chapters Are Ready for Earl
FARMINGDALE, N.Y., Sept. 1, 2010 – The affect Hurricane Earl may have on Long Island is yet to be seen; however, the Nassau and Suffolk County Chapters of the American Red Cross announced at a press conference today that they are ready.
Working together, the chapters have pre-positioned cots, blankets and other supplies at 50 locations that could serve as shelters during a disaster, providing refuge for nearly 60,000 residents. Besides assuring residents that the Red Cross is prepared, representatives took the opportunity to encourage Long Islanders to examine their own plans.
“While we hope that the storm will veer away, hope is no substitute for preparedness,” said Frank Cassano, chief executive officer of the Nassau County Red Cross.
The Red Cross was joined at the conference by Michael Hervey, the Long Island Power Authority’s chief operating officer. Hervey spoke about the possibility of power outages—reinforcing the importance of having supplies like water, non-perishable food, flashlights and radios at home. Also in attendance was Frank Palma of Coca Cola Enterprises. The company’s Hauppauge-based plant has bottled water loaded and ready to ship to Red Cross shelters if needed.
To learn more about hurricane preparedness, Long Islanders can visit http://www.liprepares.org.