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Hurricane Preparedness Guide For Long Island

An image released by the NOAA made from the GEOS East satellite shows Hurricane Irene on Aug. 24, 2011 as it moves northwest from the Dominican Republic. Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Federal officials have warned Irene could cause flooding, power outages or worse all along the East Coast as far north as Maine, even if it stays offshore. (AP Photo/NOAA)

Click for Hurricane Sandy Long Island Preparedness Guide, Updates

Hurricane season is upon us, and while Long Island hasn’t gotten a direct hit since Gloria in 1985, the danger is always present.

In the event that a hurricane–or even tropical storm for that matter–hits Long Island, residents should always be prepared. Here are some tips, numbers and resources.


Evacuation Notices:

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano ordered everybody living in areas south of Sunrise Highway between the New York City line and Rockville Centre starting 5 p.m. Saturday. Same goes for residents in areas south of Merrick Road between Baldwin and the Suffolk County line. This evacuation order also includes the mandatory evacuation of all residents on the north shore of Nassau County that reside in low-lying areas and storm surge zones.

Town of Brookhaven: Blue Point, south of Montauk Highway; Patchogue, south of Main Street, East Patchogue south of Main Street, east to the intersection of South Country Road and south of South Country Road; Bellport, south of South Country Road; Brookhaven, south of South Country Road; Shirley, south of Golden Gate Road at the intersection of Neighborhood Road, south all the way to Smithtown Park; the entire village of Mastic Beach; Moriches, south of Main Street; Center Moriches, south of Main Street; Cedar Beach Peninsula in Mt. Sinai; East Moriches, south of East Moriches Boulevard, including the Newport Beach community.

Town of Islip: Mandatory evacuations for Fire Island low-lying areas on Long Island’s south shore roughly south of Sunrise Highway starting 8 p.m. Saturday.

Town of Babylon: Mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas south of Montauk Highway beginning Saturday at 8 a.m. The evacuation also effects those on barrier beaches.

Southampton officials have issued voluntary evacuation orders for residents living within a half-mile of ocean and bay shorelines.

Nassau County Shelters:

North Shore High School
450 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Head

Garden City High School
170 Rockaway Avenue
Garden City

John F Kennedy High School
50 Kennedy Drive

New Hyde Park High School
500 Leonard Blvd.
New Hyde Park

Glen Cove High School
150 Dosoris Lane
Glen Cove

Sewanhaka High School
500 Tulip Avenue
Floral Park

Plainview Middle School
121 Central Park Road

Great Neck North High School
350 Polo Road
Great Neck

South High School
341 Lakeville Road
Great Neck

Farmingdale High School
150 Lincoln Street

Manhasset High School
200 Memorial Place

Division Avenue High School
120 Division Avenue

SUNY Old Westbury
223 Store Hill Road
Old Westbury

Paul Schreiber High School
101 Campus Drive
Port Washington

Weldon Howitt Middle School
Van Cott Avenue

Westbury High School
1 Post Road
Old Westbury

Mineola High School
10 Armstrong Road
Garden City Park

Wantagh High School
3297 Beltagh Avenue
Open at 3:00 p.m. Saturday

Gerald Claps Career and Tech Center
150 Abbey Lane

Hicksville High School
180 Division Avenue

CW Post College
720 Northern Blvd.
Open at noon on Saturday

McKenna Elementary School
210 Spruce Street
Massapequa Park

Specialty shelters for residents with pets, include:

Town of North Hempstead Shelter
50 Marino Avenue
Port Washington
Now Open

Bidaewee of Wantagh
3300 Beltagh Avenue,
Open at 1:00 pm Saturday

Mitchell Park’s Field House
1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd
Open at Noon on Saturday

Suffolk County Shelters:

Middle Island – Longwood High School, 100 Longwood Road Middle Island NY

Brentwood – Brentwood High School 2 Sixth Avenue, Brentwood NY

Shelters scheduled to open Saturday August 27, 2011
Two shifts 7 am – 7 pm and 7 pm -7am

Babylon – North Babylon High School, 1 Phelps Lane, North Babylon NY 11703

Babylon – Deer Park, Robert Frost Middle School, 450 Half Hollow Road, Deer Park NY 11729

Brookhaven – Eastport/South Manor Jr/Sr High School 543 Moriches Middle Island, Manorville NY 11949

Brookhaven – Sachem East High School, 177 Granny Road, Farmingville NY 11738

Huntington – Walt Whitman High School, 301 West Hills Road, Huntington Station 11746

Riverhead – Riverhead High School and Middle School, 600 Harrison Ave, Riverhead NY 11901

East Hampton – East Hampton High School, 2 Long Lane, East Hampton NY 11937

South Hampton – Hampton Bays High School, 88 Argonne Road Hampton Bays, NY 11946
For those with animals the Southampton Town Animal Control Officers will be available to take pets to an off-site location. However, residents are urged to board their animals elsewhere as space is limited in the animal shelters

Shelters for the Town of Southold
Open at 7pm on Saturday, August 27th

Oysterponds School, 23405 Main Rd, Orient

Greenport School, 720 Front St, Greenport

Southold School, 420 Oaklawn Av, Southold

Cutchogue East School, 34900 Main Rd, Cutchogue

Mattituck High School, 15125 Main Rd, Mattituck

Fisher’s Island School, Greenwood St., Fishers Island

Special needs shelter for residents who require medical assistance
Open at 10am on Saturday, August 27th
Hampton Bays – Hampton Bays Senior Center, 25 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays, NY

Pet-Friendly Shelter
Open at 9:30am on Saturday, August 27th.
Riverhead – Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus, Woodland Building 121 Speonk-Riverhead Rd.

Brentwood – Brentwood Recreation Center located, 89 Third Ave, Brentwood, NY

Recommended Items To Include In A Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Additional Items To Consider Adding To An Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container. You can use the Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) – PDF, 277Kb) developed by Operation Hope, FEMA and Citizen Corps to help you organize your information.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children


  • Go inside
  • Close all windows and doors
  • Turn off all ventilation systems
  • Turn on radio or television
  • Stay calm


  • Take your disaster supplies kit with you
  • Secure your home
  • Plan ahead – you may not be able to bring your pets with you.
  • Stay calm

In the event of an emergency, the media will be notified as to which shelter will open and what times.

Phone numbers to consider:

Nassau Office of Emergency Management (
516) 573-0636
Suffolk Office of Emergency Management
 (631) 852-4900
NYS Office of Emergency Management State Emergency Coordination Center 
24 hours (518) 457-2200
 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)

Nassau County Message

Nassau County Office of Emergency Management E-mail:
Nassau County Main Number (516) 571-3000
Nassau County American Red Cross (516) 747-3500
Nassau County Police (516) 573-7000
Town of North Hempstead (516) 627-0590
Town of Hempstead (516) 489-5000
Town of Oyster Bay (516) 677-5757
City of Glen Cove (516) 676-2000
Glen Cove Police Department (516) 676-1000
City of Long Beach (516) 431-1000
City of Long Beach Police Department (516) 431-1800

Nassau County Evacuation Map:

Nassau County Evacuation Route

Click here for route info

Suffolk County

Emergency Management  (631) 852-4900

Police 5th Precinct  (631) 854-8500

Police 6th Precinct (631) 854-8600

Police 7th Precinct  (631) 852-8700

Public Works (631) 852-4010

Health Department (631) 853-3036

Bus Service (631)852-5200

Water Authority (24 hour repair) (631)665-0663

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