Hurricane Sandy:  
Disaster Relief & Community Update

November 5th, 2012

Many downtowns have power and are slowly back in business

Vision has heard from residents and businesses in downtowns across Long Island that have power and are slowly recovering from the storm.   To date we have heard from about 45 downtown business districts that are at least partially up and running, which include: 

NASSAU:  Bellmore, Baldwin, Bethpage, Carle Place, Farmingdale, Freeport, Garden City, Glen Cove, Great Neck, Hempstead, Hewlett, Hicksville, Manhasset, Massapequa, Massapequa Park, Merrick, Mineola, Oyster Bay, Port Washington, Rockville Centre, Roslyn, Seacliff, Seaford, Syosset, Valley Stream, Wantaugh and Westbury 

SUFFOLK: Amityville, Babylon, Bayshore, Bellport, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, East Northport, Greenlawn, Greenport, Huntington, Huntington Station, Kings Park, Lake Ronkonkoma, Lindenhurst, Mastic Beach, Northport, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Riverhead, Sag Harbor, Sayville, Setauket, Smithtown and Southampton. 


Vision Long Island is collecting data on the infrastructure needs of your downtown. Please forward any and all information to info@visionlongisland.org.

Below are emergency links in case anyone was still looking for a place to charge phones or even just a place with heat so you can warm up for a little while. Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive and only what we were able to find out via word-of-mouth.   Please contact us if your downtown business district is back online. 

Disaster Relief Updates

Governor Cuomo's Homepage

Governor Cuomo has also created a Digital Storm Watch page on his homepage, which you can view here.

Long Island Power Authority Homepage

LIPA's full Storm update below, as of 2:00 pm November 5th:

Storm Progress - November 5, 2012 - 2PM

As we committed, power has been restored to over 700,000 customers as of last night.  Our efforts remain focused on restoring power to all customers.

Restoration work continues around the clock, seven days a week, with over11,000 workers dedicated to this effort.  This includes more than 7,000linemen and tree trim crews from all over the country, some of whom have been airlifted in by the National Guard.  Additional assistance continues to arrive.

Power to tens of thousands of customers is being restored daily and we are on schedule to reach our next major milestone of restoring power for90% of all customers by this Wednesday, November 7th.

As we restore service across Long Island, top priorities include:

  • In severely flooded areas, many homes and businesses currently may be unable to receive power.  LIPA is working with local authorities to determine when they will be fit to safely receive electric service.
  • the most severely damaged areas in and around Brookville, St. James and Port Jefferson.  While we continue to restore service in these areas, we urge customers to plan for the potential that power restoration could extend a week or more beyond November 7th.
  • Critical health facilities, areas of public safety, schools, and key components of the electric system.

Other restoration priorities remain critical health facilities, areas of public safety, schools, and key components of the electric system.

Please stay clear of crews working in your neighborhood.  Power restoration work requires well-established safety procedures, including clearance zones around work sites.

If you see ANY downed wire, treat it as if it is a live electric wire, stay away from it, and report it to LIPA immediately at 1-800-490-0075 or 631-755-6900.  Keep in mind that wires can become entangled in and hidden from view by storm debris.

Stay tuned to local media for information and we will continue to update information on this site.

The Rockaways, the South Shore, and Fire Island

These communities were hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy and they remain a restoration priority. Safety remains a big concern as many homes and businesses have been flooded severely.  This raises a potential safety risk due to possible water intrusion into electric panels, wiring, and appliances.

In the Rockaways: LIPA has mobilized more than 100 restoration crews and established an operation center in Rockaway Beach. Teams made up of LIPA and National Grid employees, Fire Marshalls, NYPD, electricians, and plumbers are performing door-to-door electrical and plumbing inspections to determine if power can be restored or if repairs are needed first.  We are also working closely with the NYPD, FDNY, and NYCHA to provide power for traffic safety and streetlights.

On the south shore and Fire Island: LIPA has restored power to most of the main lines that supply electricity along a west to east boundary across the south shore of Long Island established by Atlantic Avenue, Merrick Road and Montauk Highway. We are developing a plan and working with the local communities to identify and implement a process to safely restore power. In Long Beach, we are developing plans with the City to identify and implement a process to safely restore power.

We offer these tips for our customers:

To find a shelter near you, text SHELTER and your zip code to #43362 (4FEMA).  Or, you can reach the American Red Cross at 1.877.733.2767.

  • Working around potentially live electric wires is extremely dangerous. Please do not take it upon yourself to clear blocked roads and remove downed trees.  We ask you to be patient and wait for experienced crews to arrive.
  • All LIPA and National Grid employees carry identification badges, and almost all restoration work can be completed without entering your home.  For your own safety, please check the ID of anyone asking to enter your home.
  • Stay out of flooded basements, even if the power is out.  Stay clear of the breaker box if it’s in a flooded basement.
  • You should only operate a backup generator outdoors away from windows and vents.  Disconnect from the electric system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel.  Failure to do this could jeopardize the safety of crews working to restore power.

Open on Long Island

Vision Long Island has been gathering information on open gas stations, which you can see below. We would remind people that if you are not in immediate need of gas then please do not try to fill up. If you do need gas, but not until tomorrow, then perhaps you might want to wait til later in the evening before venturing out. You can also view information on an updating basis at GasBuddy.com (which also gives prices). We've also discovered this Facebook page where an intrepid Long Islander is posting consant updates on who is open and what the gas situation in general is.

Gas Stations


  • Gulf Gas on the corner of Merrick Ave and Jerusalem Ave, Merrick (right off of Southern State pkwy exit 24N)
  • OK Petroleum on Rt. 109 at Feustal St.  
  • BP Gas Station on Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown next to the Wantagh Parkay
  • SUNOCO on Hempstead Turnpike and 106 takes credit
  • Exxon on Old Country Road in Westbury near the Wantagh parkway. 
  • Hess in Plainview
  • Hess on Jericho Tpke in Syosset
  • Getty on Babylon Tpke in Merrick
  • BP, Old Country Rd and Route 106/107, Hicksville
  • Mobil, Route 106/107, by Northern Pkwy, Hicksville
  • Shell, 3365 Jerusalem Ave.  &  Wantagh Ave, Wantagh, NY. Phone: 516-221-1184
  • BP on Route 107 in between Jericho and Hicksville 
  • Hess Station on Jericho Turnpike in Westbury
  • BP on Hempstead Turnpike in Westbury
  • Hess on Hempstead Tpke at Wantagh Pkwy
  • Mobile on Merrick Ave in Merrick
  • BP on Broadway, exit 30s, Massapequa
  • Farmingdale: 7 11 on Main
  • Citgo - corner of 107 and 135..
  • Sunergy 107 and Jerusalem ave..
  • USA...107 and Boundary ave..
  • Gulf on New Hyde park rd and Marcus ave
  • Bellmore ave and north Jerusalem rd in East Meadow.
  • Gulf station on Old Country Rd and Merchants concourse in Westbury
  • Sunoco station on Broadway in Massapequa


  • Valero, Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station
  • CITGO on Rt. 109 at Sunrise
  • Gulf, Middle Country Road, Centereach (Next to McDonald's)
  • Shell Station, Route 112, Patchogue (North of Sunrise Highway)
  • Hess – Route 25A – Wading River
  • Gas at 25A and Hawkins Ave by the Good Steer in Lake Grove
  • Getty – Terry Rd & Smithtown Blvd – Smithtown
  • Shell – Smithtown Blvd – Smithtown
  • Hess – Union Blvd – W. Islip
  • Citgo – Medford Ave & Horseblock Rd – Farmingville
  • 76 Gas Station on Carlton Ave in East Islip
  • Hess Gas Station, Vets Highway, Hauppauge
  • SHELL, HESS & GULF on Vets Highway in Commack
  • Millennium Gas on Middle Country Road in Wading River
  • BJ's on Rt 110 in Farmingdale
  • Hess on Rt 112 in Patchogue
  • Hess at Sunrise Exit 59 in Manorville
  • Hess on 347 in Setauket
  • Pit Stop in Smithtown
  • Hess on Deer Park Ave in Deer Park
  • Sunoco on 347 in Port Jeff
  • Hess in Miller Place
  • Citgo on Vets Highway in Bohemia
  • Citgo on Hoffman Ave in Lindenhurst
  • Hess, Stony Brook Rd, Stony Brook
  • Lukoil on Wellwood Ave in Lindenhurst
  • VALERO on Hoffman Ave in Lindenhurst
  • Gulf, Middle Country Road, Centereach
  • Hess - Commack Road, Commack
  • Valero -  Rt 51 in Eastport,  north of Sunrise
  • Mobil station on Larkfield and Clay Pitts, East Northport
  • Hess Station on Suffolk Avenue in Central Islip
  • Citgo Station Strong Ave, Copiague
  • Hess station on Route 111 (Islip Road) in Islip.  Just south of Sunrise Highway
  • Nesconsett Hess Station only taking cars.  No walk up gas cans.
  • Hess on Vets Highway in Ronkonkoma 
  • BP on Portion Road in Farmingville
  • Valero Gas Station in Copiague  on Oak Street
  • Citgo – Horseblock Road – Medford
  • Hess – 112 - Medford
  • Hess – Kings Park Rd and Jericho Tpk – Commack
  • Xtra fuels – 83 at 112 – Coram
  • BP  - Ronkonkoma Ave – Ronkonkoma
  • Hess – Islip Ave – Islip
  • Hess – Wading River Road – Center Moriches.
  • Valero in Seldon on Rt. 25 near the Taco Bell
  • Valero and Shamrock in Bohemia -  Vets Highway near Sunrise Highway
  • BP station 1 mile east East of the Sunken Meadow.
  • Gulf just east of the Sunken Meadow
  • Gulf station on the corner of Main Street and Edgewood Road Smithtown
  • Valero - Higbie Lane in West Islip
  • Gulf - Middle County Road in Centereach 
  • BP - 386 Commack Road, Deer Park, Phone: (631) 940-9107
  • American Gas - 380 Commack Road, Deer Park
  • Citgo on 231 in N Babylon. The one next to Hess and Walbuams
  • BP on 347 in Port Jeff Station
  • Valero on Rte 24 in Flanders
  • Citgo in Selden on Middle Country Rd
  • 711 in Manorville
  • Hess on Montauk Hwy in Lindenhurst
  • Sunoco in Ronkonkoma on the corner of Ocean and Johnson
  • Gulf on Sunrise Hwy in East Islip, between Carleton and Connetiquot Ave
  • Hess on 112 in Medford
  • Mobil gas station on 347 in Mount Sinai
  • BP on Fifth Ave. Bay Shore
  • Hess on 111 and 347 in the Smithtown
  • Costal 112 and Montauk Highway, Patchogue
  • Hess 112 and Oak St Patchogue
  • Usa 112 across from Dairy Barn, Patchogue
  • Shell 112 and Everette in Medford
  • US gas. Route 112 south of LIE in Medford
  • Valero in Montauk Highway in Oakdale
  • Hess  on Montauk Highway in West Babylon
  • Citgo on Commack Road / Wick’s Road
  • Shell station at Jericho Turnpike / Ellwood in Northport
  • Performance Fuel on 347 by Wyandanch Blvd in Commack
  • Shamrock gas station on Main Street in Islip
  • BP on Terryville Road and 347 in Port Jeff Station
  • 76 Gas Station Carleton Avenue East Islip
  • Gulf station on Andrews Avenue just north of Sunrise Highway in East Islip
  • CITGO... Waverly Ave and Montauk Hwy Patchogue
  • Shamrock on Montauk Hwy Islip. Just east of Saxon Ave
  • Hess Lake Grove Middle Country Rd Stonybrook Rd
  • BJ's on 110 in Farmingdale.
  • American gas station in Jamesport
  • Citgo on 109 in West Babylon across from Stop and Shop
  • Hess on 111 and 347 in the Smithtown area
  • Hess on 112 in Patchouge.
  • Hess in Medford between Woodside and the LIE

Grocery Stores


  • Pats Farms - Merrick Ave, Merrick
  • Uncle Giuseppe's in Massapequa, and East Meadow are open and stocked with canned goods, hot meals, Ice, etc.
  • STOP N SHOP, 55 Motor Avenue, South Farmingdale
  • STOP N SHOP, Old Country Road, Hicksville
  • Shoprite in Plainview
  • Whole Foods – Jericho
  • Francesco's Bakery 546 Stewart Ave, Bethpage


  • Uncle Giuseppe's in Port Jeff, Smithtown are open and stocked with canned goods, hot meals, Ice, etc.
  • WALDBAUMS, 67 Newtown Lane, East Hampton
  • WALDBAUMS, Route. 25 and Factory Avenue, Mattituck
  • WALDBAUMS, 4054 Nesconset Highway, East Setauket
  • WALDBAUMS, 211 Miiddle Country Road, Selden
  • WALDBAUMS, 1960 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park
  • PATHMARK, 2060 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore
  • PATHMARK,  399 Route 112, Patchogue
  • PATHMARK, 1251 Deer Park Avenue, North Babylon
  • KING KULLEN, 153 Ronkonkoma Avenue, Lake Ronkonkoma
  • KING KULLEN, 552 Montauk Highway, Center Moriches
  • KING KULLEN, 5507-200 Nesconset Highway, Mt. Sinai
  • KING KULLEN, Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton
  • KING KULLEN, 499-64 Sunrise Highway, Patchogue
  • KING KULLEN, 460 Country Road #111, Manorville
  • KING KULLEN , 405 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley
  • KING KULLEN, 1235 Middle Country Road, Middle Island
  • KING KULLEN, 307 Middle Country Road, Selden
  • KING KULLEN, 795 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • KING KULLEN, 25 Eastport Manor Road, Eastport
  • KING KULLEN, 1170 Deer Park Avenue, North Babylon
  • KING KULLEN, 52 East Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays
  • KING KULLEN, 6233 Route 25A, Wading River
  • KING KULLEN, Jericho Tpke, Huntington
  • STOP N SHOP, Main St in Bayshore - fully stocked
  • STOP N SHOP, 365 Route 109 (88 Golding Avenue), West Babylon
  • STOP N SHOP, 191 Montauk Highway, Sayville
  • STOP N SHOP, 260 Pond Path, South Setauket
  • STOP N SHOP, 385 Route 25 A, Miller Place
  • STOP N SHOP, 2350 N. Ocean Avenue, Farmingville
  • STOP N SHOP, 57-01 Sunrise Highway, Holbrook
  • STOP N SHOP, 275 Middle Country Road, Coram
  • STOP N SHOP, 700-60 Patchogue-Yaphank Road, Medford
  • STOP N SHOP, 1615 Old Country Road, Riverhead
  • STOP N SHOP, 999 Montauk Highway, Shirley
  • STOP N SHOP, 190 W. Montauk Highway, Hampton Bays
  • STOP N SHOP, 533 Montauk Highway (Route 27A), Bay Shore
  • STOP N SHOP, 421 Commack Road, Deer Park
  • STOP N SHOP, 1730 Veteran's Memorial Highway, Islandia
  • STOP N SHOP, Jericho Tpke, Dix Hills
  • Francesco’s in Babylon - 29 John St, Babylon
  • Long Island Seafood - Route 112 - Medford - ice, hot cider and dinner to go, free wi-fi and charging stations
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club in Setauket
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club in Islandia
  • Great East Neck Farms, 185 Great East Neck Rd, West Babylon
  • Giunta’s Meat Farms - Ronkonkoma, Commack, Farmingdale, Port Jeff, Medford
  • Buttercups Dairy Store - Old Town Road and Boyle Road in Port Jefferson Station
  • Chachama Grill - Swan Common Shopping Center, 655-08 Montauk Highway. East Patchogue. Sunday 11:00am-1:00pm,  November 4th, Serving hot food and beverages for all the needy families who have lost power and possesions during this devastating Hurricane. It will be served in front of the restaurant by our staff

Important County links

Nassau County Office of Emergency Management

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has opened several warming stations and distribution centers for food and drink. You can check here for warming and here for food if you need these services.

Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management

As of 4:15 pm on November 5th, Suffolk County has released a Storm Update that provides information regarding warming and charging centers for all residents who need it.

Important Town links

Town of Hempstead Emergency Services

Hempstead is also running a continuously updating list of openings, closings and general municipal functions on their homepage located here.

They've also released information on their homepage regarding distribution of clothing and blankets for those affected by Sandy.

Town of North Hempstead Emergency Notification System

North Hempstead has opened a number of warming stations which you can find here.

Town of Oyster Bay Emergency Notification System

Oyster Bay has created a special web page for Town-related updates in the aftermath of Sandy. You can view the page here.

The Town is also opening a number of distribution centers for the week, which you can find out about here.

A message for Farmingdale Village Residents:

Farmingdale fire dept will be accepting clothing and supplies as donations to people who lost everything. Please bring down anything you can to fire headquarters at 361 Main St. (Next to village hall). Any questions feel free to call dispatch at 516-249-3710.

Town of Huntington News Updates

The most recent updates involving Huntington Town Hall and Services are located here.

Town of Babylon Emergency Information

Babylon has set up an emergency information webpage , which can be viewed here.

Town of Islip Office of Emergency Management

Islip has posted FEMA's disaster assistance PDF as well as new local emergency information, which you can find here.

Town of Smithtown Office of Emergency Management

Smithtown is providing emergency updates to local citizens on their website located here.

Town of Brookhaven Office of Emergency Management

In addition to constantly updating their homepage with new information, the Town of Brookhaven is also offering FREE ELECTRONIC CHARGING at locations listed here.

Town of Riverhead Emergency Links

The Town of Riverhead has created an updating webpage here to give residents news on Sandy-related information.

A message from Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter:

A few reports from the home front...

-LIPA has deployed across Riverhead. Restoration of service never goes as fast as one would like but it is moving forward. A good number of residents now have power. In some cases whole infrastructures have to be rebuilt before the current can flow and that is taking time. I get the anger and frustration. I am personally without power too. I can only ask patience and can reassure you we are being served.

-A rumor is going around that LIPA has run out of poles and that is why a return to full service is slow. I have spoken with LIPA directly and that is absolutely not true. LIPA has a more than adequate supply.

-I recognize that if you are in a car for hours waiting for a pittance of high priced gasoline this is of little comfort... but it does appear that gas supply is returning to normal. Tankers made deliveries overnight Saturday and I think we can expect some sort of norm come Monday. We will find out together.

-It has been particularly cold this weekend. Take time to assist or check in on a neighbor and especially our seniors.

We suffered a crippling storm and we cannot expect to remedy that overnight but with your patience and perseverance, by being good neighbors and with the help of countless workers and volunteers. We will get through this together.

Town of Southold Energency Links and Phone Numbers

Southold's website also offers links to disaster response organizations and various resources across Long Island here. You can also view civic upodates related to Sandy clean up here.

Town of Southampton Emergency Updates

Southampton is also currently offering an emergency notification system for residents, either on their phones or on Facebook or Twitter, located here.

Town of East Hampton Emergency Contacts

East Hampton is currently offering updates for residents on their homepage here.

Town of Shelter Island

Shelter Island is also offering emergency information on their homepage, linked above.

City of Glen Cove Emergency Phone Numbers

Glen Cove is updating their website with new information conerning the storm. Check it out here for the most recent announcements.

City of Long Beach Emergency Phone Numbers

The City of Long Beach is also continually updating Storm-related information for residents here.

Village Update

Updates for individual villages have been harder to come by, but here is what Vision has been able to identify so far:

The Village of Mineola

Most Recent update from November 2nd

The Sanitation Department concluded emergency garbage collections on Wednesday October 31 and began making regular collections on Thursday November 1.

Regular garbage route collections will continue on Monday November 5. Residents are advised to observe normal garbage regulations.  Please place only the appropriate collections to the curb on your regular days. Sanitation customers are also reminded that garbage, papers, and recycling should only be placed on the curb the day of pick-up and not left out over the weekend.

CHARGING STATION TO REMAIN OPEN - The Village of Mineola opened a charging station for residents’ use on Thursday.  Residents who are relying on cellular phones and other portable devices for communications during the hurricane can charge their devices at the Village Hall Community Center at 155 Washington Avenue, 8:30 am-4:30 pm every day.  The charging station WILL be open this weekend November 3-4.  Residents must bring their device’s charging cables.

WATER SAFE - Mineola water has been safe for all uses throughout the hurricane. Contrary to misunderstandings that have been circulating throughout the hurricane, THERE IS NO DANGER OF SEWAGE BACKUP IN MINEOLA.  The county asked all residents to conserve water use to ease the sewage backups on the south shore.  Sewage would not backup to Mineola.  Also, the problems causing sewage backups on the south shore have since been fixed.

CLEANUP COMPLETE - All major public cleanup efforts are complete.  Trees have been removed from streets and homes, debris has been cleared, and we have begun secondary cleanup efforts.  Leaf removal and street sweeping will commence shortly.

Street repairs and other infrastructure repairs will be addressed as post-emergency operations allow.

Although Village Hall has been closed since Monday, phones have been staffed throughout and since the storm.  Phones will continue to be staffed 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Mon.-Fri. regardless of whether Village Hall is open.

The Village of Babylon


There will be a dusk to dawn curfew, beginning November 2nd.  Please see the bottom of our home page for the signed Order by Mayor Scordino .   
There are surge strips and outlets for any Village Residents who would like to come to the Board Room- 1st floor in Village Hall (153 W. Main St)  to charge cell phones, laptops etc.  Village Hall is open from 9am-5pm Mon-Fri. (Unfortunately we will not be able to offer this on Tuesday November 6th- Election Day)   We do ask that you stay with your equipment while charging.

  • If you do not have electricity, it is very important that you shut off the main incoming power to your home, so that when the electric is restored, it will prevent any further damage from a surge.
  • Storage Containers and Residential Trailers, for storm mitigation, will be allowed on residential properties after notification/application to the Building Department (no fee will be charged)
  • The Building Department will make every effort to expedite any and all permits related to storm damage and restoration.  Residents are urged to make certain that any contractor working on their property is licensed and insured.
  • Residents who wish to make applications for FEMA assistance may do so by calling 1-800-621-3362, or online at  www.fema.gov.  Residents must first contact their homeowners insurance carrier.
  • Household garbage is being collected on its regularly scheduled dates


Hot food and beverages are being served at the Babylon American Legion Hall today and tonight until approximately 7:30pm.  Please let your friends and neighbors know this is available.




Thank you  for more information call Dominic Bencivegna at  646-732-3374

The Village of Port Jefferson


The Village Center is Open to the Community – Come warm up & charge your phone.

For all those who are  affected by the storm, we’d like to reach out and offer a place to warm up & charge your cell phone. We have electric & WIFI to connect to your families and loved ones. A place to warm up, hang out and get away from the gas lines. We have a TV and some Scrabble games available.

Free Hot Meals:
Friday’s at  5:45 PM
Hot Food  Join your Neighbors
1st Presbyterian Church
Main Street – Port Jefferson, NY
Other Locations/ Days:
St Paul’s Luthern Church  – Rt 112 PJS          SUNDAY 1:00 pm
Christ Church Episicopal   – Barnum Ave   Monday – 5:45pm
Christ Church Methodist   - Old Town Rd.  Tuesday  - 5:45pm
St Paul’s Luthern Church  – Rt 112 PJS          Wednesday – 5:45 pm

The Village of Rockville Centre

Rockville Centre’s State of Emergency is still in effect

The following is updated emergency information:

Electric Power
By Monday night, virtually all of our residential customers should have their electric service restored. If your electricity is not working and you neighbors have power, the problem is likely with the service line to your individual house. Call 766-5800 to have the Electric Department inspect your service line to determine what the problem is.

Looking for Generators

If you have an electric generator you would be willing to lend temporarily, please call the Sandel Senior Center at 678-9350.  
Village Offices / Services / Events

• The Recreation Center on North Oceanside Road and the Sandel Senior Center at South Park and Lincoln avenues remain open for heat and electricity, some modified programming, and charging your electronic devices.
• The Recreation Center is also a drop-off location for donations to hurricane victims. Items needed include: non-perishable food, clothing, diapers, toiletries, towels, paper towels, toilet paper, blankets, batteries, and cleaning items.

Updates are being posted on the Village website.

The Village of Freeport

Monday, November 5, 2012, from 11:30AM - 10PM, the Freeport Recreation Center will be open for residents who need hot showers and other recovery outreach services. Pools, sauna, and steam rooms are currently not available. 

Freeport Electric is pleased to announce that the reestablishment of electric service efforts south of Atlantic Avenue began early Saturday morning and is proceeding as rapidly as possible considering the extensive injury to customer’s homes and businesses, and utility facilities.  At 10 am, crews began an unprecedented restoration effort emphasizing extreme safety to assure that customers would have their electric service reconnected in a cautiously controlled and secure manner. 

By 4 PM Saturday afternoon, more than 23% of all electric services in the most distressed part of the electric system were successfully restored.   We will continue to press on well into this evening and in the coming days to assure that electrical facilities in homes and businesses that have not been damaged can safely be re-powered. 

At this same time, we are also pleased to announce that more than 95% of the electric service has been re-energized north of Atlantic Ave and will continue to strive for connecting everyone as quickly as possible.

The Village of Valley Stream

County Executive Ed Mangano and Valley Stream Mayor Ed Fare have teamed up with Island Harvest to bring a care pod filled with recovery supplies to Valley Stream's village hall tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, from 10A.M. to 3P.M.

The pod should be equipped with water, food, blankets and other supplies for the residents of the greater Valley Stream area who were adversely affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The pod will be located at the band shell on the east side of the Village Green, behind our village hall.

If anyone would wish to donate new or lightly used blankets, clothing or new toiletries, please feel free to drop these items off at this site between the aforementioned hours.

The Village of Amityville

Residents Welcome to Charge Cell Phones at Village Hall

If you need to charge your cell phone, Village Hall has a table setup in the lobby of the building. It is available 24/7.

The Village of Great Neck Plaza

To report a downed tree or request information regarding comfort stations and/or shelter facilities, please call 311, (516) 869-6311.  A reminder, the Village of Great Neck Plaza is also serving as a comfort station for residents looking to warm up or charge any electronic items.  Village Hall is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Transportation Update

The Long Island Rail Road is currently working to fully restore service to all branches. Due to this ongoing effort their schedule is in flux for the time being, so it is highly recommended that if you're looking to take the train you update yourself at the MTA site, located here.

Suffolk Transit is reporting that all lines are currently back in service.

Nassau Inter-County Express is in the process of restoring service to Storm-affected areas. For a full list of restorations feel free to check out the list here. November 5th update: NICE Bus is currently showing 98% restoration of service and has begun charging once again. The situation is fluid, so please check schedules at the above link. Below is a list from NICE's website of restored routes:

N15 Service to Long Beach until 5:00 pm, no stops at Island Park RR Station
N21 Route has detours
N25 Route has detours
N26 Route has detours
N33 Service through Long Beach runs until 5:00 pm due to imposed curfew.
N35 Service to Grand Avenue restored with detours
N58 Limited Service/ last stop is at the Academy

Please note that buses will most likely be delayed due to poor road conditions. Please plan extra time for your travel.

Disaster Relief Update

Rental Assistance

New York State storm survivors who lost their home because of damages caused by Hurricane Sandy may be eligible to receive rental assistance, the New York State Office of Emergency Management (NYSOEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA’s Individual and Households Program (IHP) offers funds to rent alternative housing for a limited period of time while repairs are made to the dwelling, and a free referral service to find a safe replacement rental property. Residents should first apply by calling the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362; TTY 1-800-462-7585. Multilingual assistance is also available by phone.

Applicants can also register online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or with a Smartphone at m.fema.gov. Have the following information at hand when calling:

  • Your Social Security number
  • A general list of damages and losses you suffered;
  • Clear directions to the property that was damaged
  • Current mailing address and phone number
  • Insurance information
  • General financial information
  • Bank account code if you wish to speed up your assistance with direct deposit

Storm Survivors Looking For a Place to Rent

  • Call the FEMA Helpline 1-800-621-3362 and asking for rental resources by town, county, number of bedrooms, accessibility and other criteria.
  • Visit the nearest Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and consulting a FEMA specialist.
  • Go online to the FEMA Housing Portal at http://asd.fema.gov/inter/hportal/home.htm and searching available properties by location, rent amount, accessibility, and other criteria.
  • Visit the New York State website: http://www.nyhousingsearch.gov/.

New Yorkers With Property To Rent to Storm Survivor(s)

Call the FEMA Helpline 1-800-621-3362 and provide the following information:

  • Address of rental property
  • Monthly rent
  • Number of bedrooms
  • If the property is accessible to people with disabilities
  • If you accept pets, and the deposit required for pets, if any Disaster Assistance Guide Updated: Nov. 2, 2012

Household Appliance Grant Program

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services offers an appliance grant program for New York state residents who sustained property damage due to Hurricane Sandy. The program will help cover the cost of replacing vital household appliances, such as refrigerators, boilers, hot water/heater tanks, washing machines, dryers, dehumidifiers, and furnaces damaged by flooding. Purchase of appliances and equipment must be for replacement purposes only and were not covered by insurance or FEMA. To apply call 877-697-6278 or check website: www.NYSappliancerebates.com


How to replace documents lost in a disaster

Part of disaster preparation is for people to put critical documents in a safe place. This means placing them in a sealable plastic bag or other watertight container and securing that container where it is best protected and can easily be located. Unfortunately, sometimes even these steps will not keep documents from being lost or destroyed, especially in the event of tornados, hurricanes or wildfires. If papers are lost – like birth certificates, Social Security cards, drivers’ licenses, tax records and so on – New York state and FEMA are advising residents on how to recover them:

  • Birth certificates: If you were born within the confines of the five boroughs of New York City, visit or write to the Office of Vital Records, 125 Worth Street, Room 133, New York, N.Y. 10013. (A photo ID is required both by mail and in person.) The office advises the fastest way to get records is online at www.nyc.gov/vitalrecords. The phone number is (212) 788-4520.
  • To download and print an application, log onto http://home2.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/vr/birth1.pdf; to apply online, log onto www.nyc.gov/vitalrecords.
  • If you were born in New York state outside of New York City, log onto www.vitalchek.com or phone 1-877-854-4481. This will connect you to a company called VitalChek, which is contracted with the state to handle credit-card orders. There are modest fees involved.
  • Drivers’ licenses: Visit any New York Department of Motor Vehicles office. To find an office nearby, log onto www.nydmv.state.ny.us/offices.htm.
  • Social Security cards: Call the U.S. Social Security office at 800-772-1213, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time. For TTY users the number is 800-325-0778, or log onto www.ssa.gov/ssnumber for more information.
  • Federal tax records: Call 800-829-1040, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, or log onto www.irs.gov.
  • New York state tax records and New York City tax records: Log onto http://www.tax.ny.gov or phone 518-457-5181
  • For copies of your utility bills, bank records, insurance policies, mortgage payments and the like, call the appropriate firm and speak to a customer-service representative.
  • It is also a good idea to make copies of all your vital and important documents and mail them to a friend or relative you can trust to keep them safe and retrievable in case disaster strikes.

How You can Help

In the aftermath of Sandy numerous people from all over Long Island and surrounding areas have come forward to help those who lost so very much. We are happy to provide the following links to organizations who are stepping up to help heal our battered region.

Island Harvest Hurricane Relief Update

Here's a summary of what we have been doing  with your support to help our community recover and rebuild:

Beginning on Tuesday, October 30th, Island Harvest started working directly with government officials, first responders, and local relief agencies to distribute water and nonperishable food. Since then, we have distributed tens of thousands of sandwiches, water, and nonperishable food items, including cereal, peanut butter, and shelf-stable canned goods.

Our mobile food pantries and fleet of trucks have started to visit communities including Long Beach, Freeport, Lindenhurst, Bayshore, Amityville, Babylon, Mastic, New Cassel, Great Neck, Port Washington, Bayville, Glen Cove and Shirley to bring food and personal care items to thousands of residents in these hard hit neighborhoods.

If you'd like to support our Hurricane Relief effort, here's how:

1.     Please consider making a financial contribution today on our website or by contacting us at (516) 294-8528 or (631) 873-4775.

2.     Hold a fundraiser and/or fooddrive in your community! Contact a local business or organization. This flyer will support your efforts. After the arrangements have been confirmed, please register your event.

3.     If you haven't already, please register as a user on our volunteer site. This site contains the most up-to-date volunteer needs. We encourage you to check it regularly.

4.     Drop off food, cleaning supplies, water, and other nonperishable items to the following Island Harvest locations:

Island Harvest Food Collection & Distribution Center
40 Marcus Boulevard
Hauppauge, NY  11788
Hours: Weekdays, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Island Harvest Uniondale Warehouse (behind the Holly Patterson extended care facility)
875 Jerusalem Avenue
Uniondale, NY  11553
Hours: Weekdays, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Thank you very much for your support during our Hurricane Relief effort!

The Long Island Council of Churches released the following fact sheet:


The LICC offices in Hempstead, Freeport, and Riverhead have power, phones, and internet access (only our fax machine is out in Hempstead) and are open to assist people with food, clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and household items at:
Hempstead, in Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church, 516-565-0290,
Riverhead, 407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210, and
Freeport, 450 N. Main Street, 516-868-4989.

Church World Service, our partner in ecumenical disaster response and relief efforts, has offered to deliver blankets and Gift of the Heart kits to any church, agency, nonprofit, or government entity that can distribute hygiene kits, school kits (to keep kids occupied while in shelters), baby kits, and cleanup kits (which include nice big buckets). You can request these from jhale123@aol.com or 917-705-3038 or 716-773-7935. They are delivering hundreds of kits and blankets to our Freeport, Hempstead, and Riverhead offices—probably on Monday. Many thanks to CWS for this help—and thanks to all of you who have bought CWS blankets, assembled disaster response kits, walked in our recent CROP Walks in East Meadow, Baldwin, Westhampton, Sag Harbor, Hicksville, Southold, Riverhead, Montauk, Brookhaven and Sayville which raised funds for Church World Service, or sponsored walkers.

UMCOR, the United Methodist relief agency, is seeking locations where volunteer crews can sleep (a floor is fine), shower, and cook. If you have space to offer, please contact Warren Ferry, the Long Island coordinator, at warrenferry@verizon.net or 631-875-5204. To request assistance from these disaster response volunteer teams, visit http://nyac.com/pages/detail/1789 or contact the Rev. Joseph Ewoodzie, Mission Coordinator for the New York Annual Conference (the downstate diocese of the UMC) at nyacdisaster@gmail.com or 914-615-2233.

The United Church of Christ can arranged for shipping disposable Tyvek suits with masks and gloves for cleanup work to any church or agency that would like to distribute them. Contact Florence Coppola at 216-736-3200.

The Red Cross needs volunteers at shelters on Long Island and in the city, and they will provide training for anyone who can help. To volunteer for this, call 347-687-4611 or email staffing@nyredcross.org.

Details about this and other places needing help can be found on website for the Long Island Volunteer Center at www.longislandvolunteercenter.org. If your organization needs volunteers you can make requests through the LIVC web site or 516-382-3674. If your church or organization needs help, you can seek volunteers through them by email at disastervolunteer@longislandvolunteercenter.org. They already have registered 100 potential volunteers this week.

The Salvation Army will arrange transportation from 66 Church Street in Freeport to its shelters at Nassau Community College and elsewhere. Those who need shelter—including those without as the temperature drops—can find the nearest temporary shelter by texting “SHELTER” and their Zip code to #43362 (4FEMA) or by calling the Red Cross as 1.877.733.2767.

The Congregational Church of Patchogue, has a wonderful project called “Workers without Wheels” that provides free bicycles (and bicycle repair training) to people lacking other forms of transportation. With it being so difficult to find gasoline in many areas hit by Sandy, this is a great time to think about conserving fuel and reducing the carbon emissions and global warming that make storms so much more. The church is doing everything it can to continue to provide bikes to those who need them. For further information, please call the Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter at 631-475-1235 or 631-891-9908.

Those without power who have cell service or can get to a phone (such as our offices) should report their outage—or any downed electrical wires--to LIPA at 1-800-490-0075. LIPA has no way of knowing exactly which customers need assistance unless someone reports the outage. Assume any downed wire is a live electric wire and stay away from it. Those without gas service, such as residents of Long Beach and Island Park, where storm water contaminated the gas lines, do not need to call National Grid, since they are the ones who shut off service to the entire community to keep folks safe.

Residents of Long Beach and Mill Neck should not drink tap water without boiling it. Island Harvest is trucking drinking water to these communities.

Residents of the Bay Park Sewage District, where the sewage treatment plant failed, should:
--avoid contact with sewage which may backup at manhole covers and basement drains,
--wear gloves and use soap and water for any required clean-up (the Tyvek suits offered by the United Church of Christ can be helpful with this job!),
--disinfect the area contaminated with a 10% household bleach solution,
--discard any items that cannot be cleaned,
--limit water usage and not water the grass or wash cars,
--limit laundry and washer/dryer usage to full loads,
--shorten shower time; and
--limit flushing of toilets.

As Dustin Hoffman said in Meet the Fokkers, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow.”
Residents with non-life threatening emergencies, such as sewage backup, should dial 1-888-684-4274. All those with life threatening emergencies should dial 911. For more information, visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/health.

The Red Cross has opened Mobile Meals distribution centers 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with meals, water, and comfort kits at these Nassau locations:
• Cedar Creek Park in Seaford - Merrick Road east of Wantagh Avenue
• Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach - 880 Lido Boulevard

FEMA, which has responded to this storm with admirable speed and competence, has Points of Distribution. Here are the Nassau locations.
Long Beach: intersection of Neptune and Hudson & Maryland and Beech St.,
Long Beach Fire Department, 1 West Chester Street, Long Beach
Atlantic Beach: Atlantic Beach Rescue, 1 Rescue Road, Atlantic Beach
Point Lookout: Point Lookout Lido Fire Department, 102 Lido Boulevard
Island Park: Island Park Fire Department, 440 Long Beach Road,
Lincoln Ornes Middle School, 150 Trafalger Blvd., &
Heggarty School, 100 Radcliffe Road
East Rockaway/Bay Park: East Rockaway Fire Department, 376 Atlantic Avenue
Freeport: Freeport Fire Department, 15 Broadway
Oceanside: Oceanside Fire Department, 65 Foxhurst Road
Massapequa: Massapequa Fire Department, 5478 Merrick Road, &
Marjorie R. Post Community Park Dr., 451 Unqua Rd.
Bellmore: Bellmore Fire Department, 2670 Bellmore Avenue
Seaford: Seaford Fire Department, 2170 Southard Avenue
Wantagh: Wantagh Fire Department, 3470 Park Avenue
Hewlett: Hewlett Fire Department, 25 Franklin Avenue
Lawrence: Lawrence Cedarhurst Fire Department, 75 Washington Ave.
Inwood: Inwood Fire Department, 188 Doughty Blvd.
Woodmere: Woodmere Fire Department, 20 Irving Place
Baldwin: Baldwin Fire Department, 2386 Grand Avenue
Merrick: Merrick Fire Department, 2120 Merrick Avenue
New Hyde Park: Michael J. Tully Park, 1801 Evergreen Ave. &
LIRR Station, Lincoln Ave & Railroad Ave
New Cassel: New Cassel Community Center, Garden Street
Great Neck: Great Neck High School, 35 Polo Road, &
Great Neck South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd
Manhasset: Manhasset High School, 200 Memorial Place
Port Washington: Port Washington, Off Main Street and Haven Ave
Syosset: Syosset Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Turnpike
Bayville: Corner of Bayville Rd & Bayville Ave.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will help those who sustained damage during Sandy with grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. To apply for disaster assistance, you can register on-line at FEMA’s web site (www.disasterassistance.gov) or call 1-800-621-FEMA from 7 am to 10 pm, seven days a week. They have also set up Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers at:
*Nassau Community College (1 Education Way, Garden City), 8 am to 8 pm until further notice, and
*Edward Bauer Elementary School (315 Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst) 7 am to 7 pm until further notice.

A number of emergency programs are available from the U.S. Small Business Administration, whose hotline is 1-800-659-2955. The application Filing Deadline for Physical Damage is December 31, 2012, and for Economic Injury July 31, 2013. Whether you rent or own your own home, own your own business, or own a small agricultural cooperative located in a declared disaster area, if you are the victim of a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the SBA.

Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate or personal property owned by the victim. Renters are eligible for their personal property losses, including automobiles.

Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.

Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period. EIDL assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the SBA.

For other kinds of assistance and information, visit United Way's 211 information and referral service 24/7 at https://211longislandcommunityos.org/cms/ or call 1-888-774-7633 11 a.m. to7 p.m.


with Special Guests
Thu. Nov 8th, 2012

The Paramount, located in downtown Huntington, Long Island announces the "Strong Island Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert", a special concert event scheduled for this Thursday, November 8 at 8 pm.  The show, headlined by The Script, will include other special guests, to be announced.  All ticket proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Long Island Red Cross, to aid in the relief of Hurricane Sandy on Long Island.

"As fellow Long Islanders, The Paramount wants to help our neighbors devastated by this terrible hurricane.  We would like to thank The Script, and the other special guests, for responding to our request in creating this amazing benefit show", said The Paramount.  "Additionally, in an unprecedented joint effort, our radio partners at WALK, WBLI, KJOY, WRCN, WPLJ, PARTY 105 and others, have banded together to promote this event and help make it a success.  We thank them for assisting in our common goal of helping the local victims of Sandy."

Tickets are on sale now via Ticketmaster.com: CLICK HERE, charge-by-phone @ 800-745-3000 or The Paramount Box Office (open daily from 12 noon-6 pm).


Sandy May Be Causing Serious Public Health Threats!

Help CCE document all of the environmental and public health impacts – Send us your storm stories and pictures today!

We know these are challenging and difficult times in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and CCE wants to be helpful to you and your community. We are back in action at all of our offices and have been hearing many stories about public health threats facing several communities. We are being told about sewage spills flowing into bays, running down roadways, and entering homes and basements. In addition, we've received calls telling of oil slicks on roads, oil leaks in marinas and boatyards, gasoline odors filling the air, and more.

We want to hear from you! If you see or smell something, say something! We are NOT seeking to assign blame for these occurrences but rather to document the problems and their sources. We're working to learn what needs to be addressed in order to prevent exposure to sewage and toxins and protect public health.

How You Can Help:
Please send your storm stories and pictures about environmental and public health threats to us atSandyStories@citizenscampaign.org.

In your email, please include your name, when and where the incident(s) took place, and the current status of the problem(s).

Thank you for taking action. Together we make a difference!



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Friends of the Bay has released a fact sheet concerning Flooding:

Shellfishing Prohibited Until November 13.  

DEC Extends Closures of Shellfishing Areas in Nassau and Suffolk CountiesClosures Due to Flooding of Sewage Treatment Facilities and Septic Systems.

The closures of shellfish harvesting areas in Nassau and Suffolk Counties has been extended, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. These temporary closures are necessary to protect public health due to the coastal flooding and power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. DEC had initially implemented the shellfishing closures on Monday, October 29.

Effective at sunrise on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, the following areas are designated as uncertified and the harvest of shellfish, including bay scallops, is temporarily prohibited through November 13, 2012:  The press release can be read here.  The official recission notice is not yet available. 

Flooding Information 

Nassau County has issued a Do Not Consume Water Order for the Water Districts of Long Beach and Mill Neck Estates.

Information regarding floodwater from the  Environmental Protection Agency:

Should I limit contact to flood water? 
Avoid contact with flood water due to potentially elevated levels of contamination associated with raw sewage and other hazardous or toxic substances that may be in the flood water. EPA and the Department of Health and Human Services urge everyone in contact with flood waters to follow these guidelines:

  • Wash your hands before drinking and eating
  • Wash frequently using soap -- especially disinfecting soap
  • Do not smoke
  • Limit direct contact with contaminated flood water
  • Cover cuts or open wounds, report all symptoms of illness
  • Keep vaccinations current

Read more about flooding response.
What do I do about water from household wells after a flood?  
Do not turn on the pump due to danger of electric shock. Do not drink or wash with water from the flooded well until it is tested and safe to use. Read more about your water well after the flood.
What do I do with my home septic system after a flood?  
Do not use the sewage system until water in the soil absorption field is lower than the water level around the house. If you have a home-based or small business and your septic system has received chemicals, take extra precautions to prevent contact with water or inhaling fumes. Proper clean-up depends on the kinds of chemicals in the wastewater.Read more about septic system cleanup.
For more information, visit the EPA website.  
From the Department of Environmental Conservation, regarding oil tanks in the the event of an oil spill   

If your home is affected by a flood that causes an oil spill in or near your home, you should contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Spill Hotline immediately at 1-800-457-7362 to report the spill.

In some cases, the oil mixes with the water that floods your home. If so, do NOT pump the water out into your yard. The oil may spread and contaminate other areas, including nearby wells, water bodies and homes.If a layer of oil is on water in a basement, you can minimize the amount of oil spread on walls and floors and the amount of other damage to your property by removing the oil before pumping the water out.  

  • For an oil film, absorbent pads may be sufficient to collect the oil.
  • For a thicker layer of oil, a vacuum truck may be necessary to skim the oil off the water.

Oil spills can also contaminate indoor air. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) can provide information If you have questions; call 518-402-7810 or 800-458-1158. After hours and on weekends, call 1-866-881-2809.
For more information, read here 

Hurricane Recovery Contact Information

Federal Emergency Management Agency 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (has a feed from Governor Cuomo's office which provides storm updates.  Also information on coastal erosion and tidal wetlands emergency permits, shellfish closures, etc.)  If you see an oil spill, call 

Environmental Protection Agency

Town of Oyster Bay 

Town of Huntington

If you use Facebook or Twitter, many agencies and municipalities, as well as New York state senators Marcellino, Gillibrand and Schumer, and many assembly members and county legislators have feeds.  News 12, especially meteorologist Rich Hoffman, has been very informative on Facebook.  Boating Times LI (hashtag @BoatingTimesLI) is a great source of information to the boating community.

Friends of the Bay is on facebook, and on Twitter.  Our hashtag is @friendsofthebay.

AARP New York warns of Sandy scams

Watch out for Rip-off Repairmen Offering Help When You Need it Most – AARP Offers Tips to Avoid Common Contractor Scams

NEW YORK, New York – In the aftermath of Sandy, along with repairs and clean up, comes rip-off repairmen, looking to cause a disaster of their own…on your finances.   The scam artists are often called “storm chasers,” as they descend almost immediately upon areas hit hard by natural disasters. Today, AARP New York is warning consumers of the all-too-common contractor scams and is releasing some quick tips to help people avoid becoming the next victim.

First, check with your insurance company to see what your policy covers. Save all receipts, including those for food, hotel or other expenses that may be covered under your policy.  Then, consider these tips before hiring a contractor in the days and weeks ahead:

  • Before doing any major repair, get at least three estimates.
  • Make sure the contractor is licensed and insured to do business in your area.
  • Never hire a contractor on the spot. Check out repair companies by looking for consumer reviews on the BBB website and on social media sites such as Yelp or Angie’s list.
  • Avoid the paperless contractor. Reject anyone who has no business card or company fliers (or who lists a P.O. box instead of a street address).
  • Get a written contract, specifying what work will be done, the materials that will be used and the price breakdown for labor and materials. Any promises made verbally should be written into the contract, including warranties.
  • Never pay in advance — or in cash. While some companies may ask for a deposit, consumer advocates suggest paying no more than one-third of the job in advance.

Deposits or upfront fees should not exceed 25 percent of the estimate. Pay them only after materials reach your home and work begins.

The Johnny Mac Foundation and SKI's Open Heart Foundation are teaming together to help those devastated by Hurricane Sandy

We have several families across Suffolk, Nassau, the city and Staten Island tha t we have been in contact with because they have lost everything. If everyone can just bring one item, we can help so many. This is the time when we need to pull together. This is a LOCAL disaster, lets show them how NY pulls together and helps each other.

Drop off locations include the following:

South Country Ambulance - Corner of Montauk Hwy and Dunton Avenue in E.Patchogue. Please ask for a volunteer at the station and they will direct you where to leave your donation. Drop off from 9 am to 7 pm, Friday and Saturday.

Drop off to 13 Homan Avenue, Blue Point.

Drop off at 262 Martha Avenue E. Patchogue. You can leave on the front porch at any time.

Think of what you would need if you lost everything... Think of the little things, don't forget the pets...

Gift cards are priority!!! Toiletries, clothing, books, toys, school supplies for the kids, canned & non-perishable goods, water, blankets, sheets, animal food, etc.

Direct monetary donations can be made at the two foundation websites via paypal, so the foundations can purchase additional gift cards and supplies.


For more info email jennifer.mcnamara@johnnymacfoundation.org or info@skisopenheart.com

The United Way of Long Island has released a disaster relief fact sheet which you can reference here.

Federal Response

If you are a Small Business and need to apply for Disaster Relief:

Dear New York Small Businesses and Friends,

As you know, Senator Schumer has been fighting to bring in all available federal resources to help New York in the post-Sandy recovery.  Pursuant to the Major Disaster Declaration declared for all of NYC and Long Island, there are a number of emergency programs made available by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Please see below and the attached fact sheet for details.  You may direct small businesses with questions to the SBA hotline (1-800-659-2955) or put them in touch directly with our office.  Please help us get the word out!

Thanks and good luck.

Gerry Petrella
U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY)
Office: 202.224.0059

Application Filing Deadlines:
Physical Damage: December 31, 2012 Economic Injury: July 31, 2013
Whether you rent or own your own home, own your own business, or own a small agricultural cooperative located in a declared disaster area, and are the victim of a disaster, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

What Types of Disaster Loans are Available?

  • Home Disaster Loans – Loans to homeowners or renters to repair or replace disaster-damaged real estate or personal property owned by the victim. Renters are eligible for their personal property losses, including automobiles.
  • Business Physical Disaster Loans – Loans to businesses to repair or replace disaster-damaged property owned by the business, including real estate, inventories, supplies, machinery and equipment. Businesses of any size are eligible. Private, non-profit organizations such as charities, churches, private universities, etc., are also eligible.
  • Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) – Working capital loans to help small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes meet their ordinary and necessary financial obligations that cannot be met as a direct result of the disaster. These loans are intended to assist through the disaster recovery period.

EIDL assistance is available only to entities and their owners who cannot provide for their own recovery from non-government sources, as determined by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).


Senators Schumer and Gillibrand outline FEMA relief efforts

U.S. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand have released a joint statement concerning FEMA's disaster relief, reprinted in full below:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                    CONTACT: Marisa Kaufman (Schumer) 646-438-0113
November 4, 2012                                                                James Rahm (Gillibrand) 202-224-3873


Schumer & Gillibrand Announce That Storm-Ravaged Counties Will Now Receive Funding For Repairs to Roads, Bridges, Water Facilities, Parks & More

Initially, FEMA Provided Individual Assistance & Certain Levels of Public Assistance, But Not All-- Senators Wrote To FEMA in Support of a Major Disaster Declaration to Include All Levels of Public Assistance

Schumer, Gillibrand: This Full Declaration Let’s NYers Know Federal Govt Is Behind Their Recovery Efforts

Today, U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand announced that FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate has heeded their call and expanded the President’s major disaster declaration to include all categories of Public Assistance for the counties impacted by Superstorm Sandy.. Specifically, the Senators announced that the storm-ravaged counties under the disaster declaration are now eligible for full Public Assistance, Categories C – G, which are as follows:  Category C: Roads and Bridges, Category D: Water Control Facilities, Category E: Public Buildings and Equipment, Category F: Utilities, Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities, and Other Items. Initially, residents in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley were made eligible for Individual Assistance and the municipalities were made eligible for Public Assistance categories A & B, which includes debris removal, and emergency protective measures.

“It is critical that FEMA has heeded our call and expanded the major disaster declaration to include full Public Assistance for communities throughout storm-ravaged New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley,” said Schumer. “Providing this full range of federal disaster assistance is essential for repairs to everything from sewages facilities, to parklands, to the hundreds of roads and bridges that were destroyed in the storm, and I am pleased that our communities can know that the federal government will be there to help as they continue their response and recovery efforts.”

"The damage I have seen and the destruction of whole communities is just devastating," said Senator Gillibrand. "The federal government has a responsibility to stand with these families every step of the way to help them recover and rebuild better than ever before. The Obama administration promised no red-tape, and this is another example of the President backing up that commitment. I want to thank FEMA for expanding this declaration and everyone who is working so hard to get New Yorkers the relief they need to get through this crisis."

NYC, Long Island and Westchester and Rockland Counties are now eligible for the following federal aid including:


- Aid to individuals and households 
- Temporary housing, where homeowners and renters receive funds to rent a different place to live
- Homeowners get grants to repair damage not covered by insurance
- Under rare conditions homeowners get money to replace a disaster damaged home
- SBA Loans (technically SBA loans fall under IA) – loans are made to replace disaster-related damages to home or personal property, to business owners to repair damaged property
-          USDA financial and technical assistance to help farmers deal with on-farm damages and compensate for production losses

- Aid to public and certain nonprofit entities for emergency services and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged public facilities
- There are seven categories of public assistance:

Category A: Debris Removal

Debris Removal is the clearance, removal, and/or disposal of items such as trees, woody debris, sand, mud, silt, gravel, building components, wreckage, vehicles, and personal property.

For debris removal to be eligible, the work must be necessary to:
·         Eliminate an immediate threat to lives, public health and safety
·         Eliminate immediate threats of significant damage to improved public or private property
·         Ensure the economic recovery of the affected community to the benefit of the community-at-large
·         Mitigate the risk to life and property by removing substantially damaged structures and associated appurtenances as needed to convert property acquired through a FEMA hazard mitigation program to uses compatible with open space, recreation, or wetlands management practices
Examples of eligible debris removal activities include:
-           Debris removal from a street or highway to allow the safe passage of emergency vehicles
-          Debris removal from public property to eliminate health and safety hazards
Examples of ineligible debris removal activities include:
-            Removal of debris, such as tree limbs and trunks, from natural (unimproved) wilderness areas
-          Removal of pre-disaster sediment from engineered channels
-          Removal of debris from a natural channel unless the debris poses an immediate threat of flooding to improved property

Debris removal from private property is generally not eligible because it is the responsibility of the individual property owner. If property owners move the disaster-related debris to a public right-of-way, the local government may be reimbursed for curbside pickup and disposal for a limited period of time. If the debris on private business and residential property is so widespread that public health, safety, or the economic recovery of the community is threatened, FEMA may fund debris removal from private property, but it must be approved in advance by FEMA.

Category B: Emergency Protective Measures

Emergency Protective Measures are actions taken by Applicants before, during, and after a disaster to save lives, protect public health and safety, and prevent damage to improved public and private property. Emergency communications, emergency access and emergency public transportation costs may also be eligible.

Examples of eligible emergency protective measures are:
-          Warning devices (barricades, signs, and announcements)
-           Search and rescue
-          Security forces (police and guards)
-          Construction of temporary levees
-          Provision of shelters or emergency care
-          Sandbagging
-          Bracing/shoring damaged structures
-          Provision of food, water, ice and other essential needs
-          Emergency repairs
-           Emergency demolition
-          Removal of health and safety hazards

Category C: Roads and Bridges

Roads (paved, gravel, and dirt) are eligible for permanent repair or replacement under the Public Assistance Program, unless they are Federal-aid roads. Eligible work includes repair to surfaces, bases, shoulders, ditches, culverts, low water crossings, and other features, such as guardrails. Damage to the road must be disaster-related to be eligible for repair. In addition, repairs necessary as the result of normal deterioration, such as "alligator cracking," are not eligible because it is pre-disaster damage.

Landslides and washouts often affect roads. Earthwork in the vicinity of a road may be eligible, but only if the work is necessary to ensure the structural integrity of the road.

Road or bridge closures resulting from a disaster may increase traffic loads on nearby roads. If diverted traffic causes damage to a road, FEMA may pay to repair this damage if no alternative is available. Restoration of a damaged road may include upgrades necessary to meet current codes and standards, as defined by the State or local department of highways. Typical standards affect lane width, loading design, and construction materials.

Bridges are eligible for repair or replacement under the Public Assistance Program, unless they are on a Federal-aid road. Eligible work includes repairs to decking, guardrails, girders, pavement, abutments, piers, slope protection, and approaches. Only repairs of disaster-related damage are eligible. In some cases, FEMA may use pre-disaster bridge inspection reports to determine if damage to a bridge was present before the disaster.

Work to repair scour or erosion damage to the channel and stream banks is eligible if the repair is necessary to ensure the structural integrity of the bridge. Earthwork that is not related to the structural integrity of the bridge is not eligible. Similarly, work to remove debris, such as fallen trees, from the channel at the bridge is eligible if the debris could cause further damage to the structure or if the blockage could cause flood waters to inundate nearby homes, businesses, or other facilities.

When replacement of a damaged bridge is warranted, eligible work may include upgrades necessary to meet current standards for road and bridge construction, as defined by the State or local highway department. Typical standards affect lane width, loading design, construction materials, and hydraulic capacity. If code requires, and if the Applicant has consistently enforced that code, FEMA will permit changes in the bridge design from one lane to two lanes to include access modification for a short distance (i.e., within area of damage). This does not apply to other expansions of capacity (e.g., from two lanes to four lanes).

Permanent restoration of a road or bridge that service USACE or NRCS levees and dams, private and commercial roads, and homeowners' association roads or fall under the authority of the Federal Highway Administration is not eligible for public assistance.

Category D: Water Control Facilities

Water control facilities include dams and reservoirs, levees, lined and unlined engineered drainage channels, shore protective devices, irrigation facilities, and pumping facilities.

Restoration of the carrying capacity of engineered channels and debris basins may be eligible, but maintenance records or surveys must be produced to show the pre-disaster capacity of these facilities. The pre-disaster level of debris in the channel or basin is of particular importance to determine the amount of newly deposited disaster-related debris. Such a facility must also have had a regular clearance schedule to be considered an actively used and maintained facility.

Restoration of reservoirs to their pre-disaster capacity also may be eligible in accordance with the criteria for debris basins described above. Not all reservoirs are cleaned out on a regular basis, and evidence of pre-disaster maintenance must be provided to FEMA. In addition, removal of debris that poses an immediate threat of clogging or damaging intake or adjacent structures may be eligible.

The USACE and NRCS have primary authority for repair of flood control works, whether constructed with Federal or non-Federal funds, as well as authority over federally funded shore protective devices. Permanent repairs to these facilities are not eligible through the PA Program.

Category E: Public Buildings and Equipment

Public buildings, including contents such as furnishings and interior systems such as electrical work, are eligible for repair or replacement under the Public Assistance Program. In addition to contents, FEMA will pay for the replacement of pre-disaster quantities of consumable supplies and inventory. FEMA will also pay for the replacement of library books and publications. Removal of mud, silt, or other accumulated debris is eligible, along with any cleaning and painting necessary to restore the building.

If an insurance policy applies to a facility, FEMA will deduct from eligible costs the amount of insurance proceeds, actual or anticipated, before providing funds for restoration of the facility. FEMA will reduce public assistance grants by the maximum amount of insurance proceeds an Applicant would receive for an insurable building located in an identified floodplain that is not covered by Federal flood insurance. The reduction in eligible costs will be the larger of the two reductions just described. The owners of insurable buildings can expedite the grant process by providing FEMA with policy and settlement information as soon as possible after a disaster occurs.

FEMA may pay for upgrades that are required by certain codes and standards. Examples include roof bracing installed following a hurricane, seismic upgrades to mitigate damage from earthquakes, and upgrades to meet standards regarding use by the disabled. For repairs, upgrades are limited to damaged elements only. If a structure must be replaced, the new facility must comply with all applicable codes and standards regardless of the level of FEMA funding.

If a damaged building must be replaced, FEMA has the authority to pay for a building with the same capacity as the original structure. However, if the standard for space per occupant has changed since the original structure was built, FEMA may pay for an increase in size to comply with that standard while maintaining the same occupant capacity. A Federal or State agency or statute must mandate the increase in space; it cannot be based only on design practices for an industry or profession.

Category F: Utilities

Typical Utilities include:
-          Water treatment plants and delivery systems
-          Power generation and distribution facilities, including generators, substations, and power lines
-          Sewage collection systems and treatment plants
-          Telecommunications

The owner of a facility is responsible for determining the extent of damage incurred. FEMA does not provide funds for random surveys to look for damage, such as TV inspection of sewer lines. If disaster-related damage is evident, however, FEMA may pay for inspections to determine the extent of the damage and method of repair.

While FEMA will pay for restoration of damaged utilities, FEMA does not provide funds for increased operating expenses resulting from a disaster. Similarly, FEMA cannot provide funds for revenue lost if a utility is shut down. However, the cost of establishing temporary, emergency services in the event of a utility shut-down may be eligible.

Category G: Parks, Recreational Facilities, and Other Items

Repair and restoration of parks, playgrounds, pools, cemeteries, and beaches. This category also is used for any work or facility that cannot be characterized adequately by Categories A-F

Eligible publicly-owned facilities in this category include: playground equipment, swimming pools, bath houses, tennis courts, boat docks, piers, picnic tables, and golf courses.

Other types of facilities, such as roads, buildings and utilities, that are located in parks and recreational areas are also eligible and are subject to the eligibility criteria for Categories C, D, E, and F.

Natural features are not eligible facilities unless they are improved and maintained. This restriction applies to features located in parks and recreational areas. Specific criteria apply to beaches and to trees and ground cover.

Beaches. Emergency placement of sand on a natural or engineered beach may be eligible when necessary to protect improved property from an immediate threat. Protection may be to a 5-year storm profile or to its pre-storm profile, whichever is less.

A beach is considered eligible for permanent repair if it is an improved beach and has been routinely maintained prior to the disaster. A beach is considered to be an "improved beach" if the following criteria apply:
-           the beach was constructed by the placement of sand to a designed elevation, width, grain size, and slope; and
-          the beach has been maintained in accordance with a maintenance program involving the periodic re-nourishment of sand at least every 5 years.

Typically, FEMA will request the following from an applicant before approving assistance for permanent restoration of a beach:
-          design documents and specifications, including analysis of grain size;
-          "as-built" plans;
-          documentation of regular maintenance or nourishment of the beach; and
-          pre- and post-storm cross sections of the beach.

Permanent restoration of sand on natural beaches is not eligible.

Trees and Ground Cover. The replacement of trees, shrubs, and other ground cover is not eligible. This restriction applies to trees and shrubs in recreational areas, such as parks, as well as trees and shrubs associated with public facilities, such as those located in the median strips along roadways and as landscaping for public buildings. Grass and sod are eligible only when necessary to stabilize slopes and minimize sediment runoff.

This restriction does not affect removal of tree debris or the removal of trees as an emergency protective measure. FEMA will reimburse for the removal of tree debris and the removal of trees as emergency protective measures if the removal eliminates an immediate threat to lives, public health and safety, and improved property, or if removal is necessary to ensure the economic recovery of the affected community to the benefit of the community-at-large. However, FEMA will not reimburse for the replacement of these trees.

Senator Schumer has also released a press release for today, November 5th, calling for opening new disaster relief centers:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                            CONTACT: Marisa Kaufman - 646-438-0113
November 5, 2012                                                      


With Fuel Shortage, Some NY’ers Cannot Easily Access Disaster Recovery Centers; DRCs are Enormously Helpful Resources, But Not Readily Available in Some of New York’s Hardest Hit Areas
Schumer Requests Additional DRCs In Severely Damaged Neighborhoods Such As Lindenhurst, Mastic, Islip, Red Hook, Broad Channel, the Lower East Side And More

Schumer Calls on FEMA to Provide Additional DRCs, Which Will Help Residents Apply for Much Needed Federal Assistance

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to mobilize additional Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout New York City and Long Island. Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are facilities or mobile units that provide resources and guidance for residents who wish to apply for FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, thousands of New Yorkers are in need of federal assistance; however, many do not have access to these centers. Schumer today called on FEMA to open additional DRCs in the neighborhoods that were hit hard by the Hurricane so that residents are given the information they need to sign up for disaster assistance.  Schumer said that the FEMA run centers are enormously helpful, but more are needed in population dense New York. 

“These Disaster Recovery Centers are a useful resource to residents who need federal assistance but do not know how to go about applying for it,” said Schumer. “While touring neighborhoods across New York City and Queens, I heard time and time again that people do not have easy access to these important centers. Many of the residents, who are in need of this assistance, either do not have gas to drive to the DRC or do not have phone service to call FEMA and ask questions and that’s why today I am calling on FEMA to provide additional centers for New Yorkers.”

DRCs are staffed with FEMA or Small Business Administration (SBA) employees who answer questions for residents affected by the Hurricane. These centers provide information on housing assistance, rental resource assistance, clarification and guidance to questions and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance.

There are fifteen DRCs throughout the New York and Long Island area.  According to FEMA, over 69,000 people in New York have already registered for disaster assistance and more than $75 million in assistance has been approved.

Schumer today called on FEMA to mobilize additional DRCs throughout New York’s affected neighborhoods. Schumer explained that these centers are helpful and provide useful information to residents who still do not have access to phone service. Schumer also noted that with the current fuel shortage crisis it is extremely difficult for residents to drive miles and miles in search of a DRC. Schumer noted a number of neighborhoods throughout New York City and Long Island that currently do not have a DRC but should be provided with one. In New York City, these neighborhoods include Gerritsen Beach, Canarsie, Mill Basin, Red Hook, Far Rockaway, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, the Lower East Side and Chinatown. On Long Island, DRCs should be mobilized to Lindenhurst, Islip, Mastic and South Massapequa, in addition to a number of other communities. Providing additional DRCs would be beneficial to New Yorkers who need access to this crucial information.

Please contact Vision Long Island for updates on your local downtown.


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