Message from Mayor Wayne J. Hall, Sr:
The Village of Hempstead Prepares for Hurricane Irene
911 – FOR MEDICAL OR LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCIES ONLY
1-888-684-4274 – COUNTY HOTLINE FOR NON EMERGENCY, NON-LIFE THREATENING CALLS
478-6364 – VILLAGE OF HEMPSTEAD EMERGENCY CALLS; CONTACT NUMBER FOR SENIORS OR OTHERS WHO NEED ASSISTANCE WITH EVACUATION OR GETTING TO EMERGENCY SHELTER
“I urge all Hempstead residents to prepare for the worst case scenario with Hurricane Irene. Follow the recommendations of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management.
Be proactive and prepare emergency supplies that you may need for three days of survival and have an Emergency Go-Kit ready in case you need to leave your home. (Click here for a list of Go-Kit supplies needed or see below for the complete list.)
Determine beforehand if you need to evacuate from your residence and locate an alternative shelter either with family or friends who live in a safe zone or with a local public shelter location. Here in the Village of Hempstead, Kennedy Park, located at 335 Greenwich Street; the Alberta B. Gray Schultz Middle School, located at 70 Greenwich Street and Peninsula Boulevard and Faith Baptist Church at 145 N. Franklin (516-538-3335, ext. 100), will be available. Faith Baptist Church will be open from Saturday at 5 pm through Monday. Call the 478-6364 number to find out the hours for Kennedy Park and the Alberta B. Gray Schultz Middle School.
Individuals who are elderly or need assistance moving should call the 516-478-6364 number and a bus will be sent for pick-up. Individuals in need of medical attention or with other life-threatening emergency needs should contact 911. Non-emergency calls can also be made to 1-888-684-4274.
Other safe zone locations countywide initially will include Nassau Community College, SUNY Farmingdale, and Locust Valley High School. Nassau Community College will also act as a Special Needs Shelter for those in need of medical attention. The Nassau County OEM has stated that residents with pets will be directed to a specialty shelter at Mitchel Park's Field House in Uniondale.
BE RED CROSS READY: .
SUPPLIES NEEDED: (All items should be on hand for the storm’s duration. Items in red should be included in an Emergency Go Kit in case evacuation is necessary.)
- Water – at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
- Food – at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable (canned or dry goods), easy-to-prepare
- Can opener
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather radio, if possible). Preferably a portable radio.
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane); latest medical info.
- Multi-purpose tool
- Sanitation and personal hygiene items
- Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical info., proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
- These should be in a waterproof container.
- Cell phone with chargers
- Family and emergency contact information
- Extra cash
- Emergency blanket
- Map(s) of the area
- Baby supplies, if you have a baby (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
- Pet supplies, if you have a pet (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
- Tools/supplies for securing your home
- Extra set of car keys and house keys
- Extra clothing, hat and sturdy shoes
- Iodine tablets
- A whistle
- Rain gear
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Camera for photos of damage
Print out copy of evacuation route for your area – Click here for County Evacuation Routes.
- Prepare a disaster plan that includes how you will locate and communicate with your family members.
- Fill your car’s gas tank. If you do not have private transportation, make plans for how you will get around if needed.
- To learn more about assembling the Emergency Go-Kit, please visit
www.nassaucountyny.gov and click on the hurricane icon
Click here to see the Complete Red Cross Ready list on hurricane preparedness.
The list includes recommendations for preparing your home for the earthquake. Bring inside or secure any items that can be picked up by the wind. Close windows, doors and hurricane shutters. If you live in a high-rise building be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor. Listen to the news and weather to determine whether you need to close and board up windows with plywood. Evacuate if advised by local authorities. Follow law enforcement direction. Take caution and stay calm. The Complete Red Cross Ready hurricane preparedness list includes the supplies needed, what to do to prepare for the hurricane and what to do during a hurricane.
Other Hurricane Preparedness Links that may be helpful:
Comprehensive info on Hurricane Preparedness from NBC
Follow the directions of the authorities during an emergency. Be Proactive. Be Prepared. Be Safe. “