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Hempstead Town to Hold Holiday Pet Adoption Event in Memory of Local Teen Dedicated to Helping Shelter Animals

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter are teaming up with the family of the late Francesca Gallo, a local teenager dedicated to helping animals in need. The shelter will be hosting “Home for the Holidays with Francesca’s Furry Friends” on December 12th. This great holiday event – during which all pet adoption fees are being waived – will honor the memory of Francesca, who died of leukemia this past summer after battling for a year and a half. She was only 15 years old.

 

“Francesca Gallo started raising money and collecting supplies for animals when she was just 8 years old,” stated Supervisor Murray. “The Town of Hempstead is proud to partner with the Gallo family to continue Francesca’s mission of helping animals who need loving homes.”

 

More than 200 cats and dogs will be available for adoption during “Home for the Holidays with Francesca’s Furry Friends,” which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter. To honor Francesca’s giving spirit, prospective adopters are asked to bring a donation such as treats, dog or cat beds, kongs, nylabones, towels, pet carriers, stuffed animals, blankets or sheets. Adopters will also enjoy take home goody bags, raffles, a door prize, complimentary refreshments and free photos with Santa. WBLI Radio will be providing great music and fun games for those in attendance.

 

“Even now, Francesca’s memory reminds us all that there truly is no place like home for the holidays,” added Senior Councilman Santino. “Supervisor Murray and I encourage all residents to join us on December 12th to help local cats and dogs, and to carry on the legacy of Francesca Gallo.”

 

This event is part of the town’s ongoing “Home for the Holidays” pet adoption program, which runs through January 3, 2016. During this time, all pet adoption fees are waived, and all adoptions include spaying/neutering, rabies vaccinations, age-appropriate shots and micro chipping. What’s more, Dog Grooming by Rachel in Bellmore, Island Trees Veterinary Hospital in Hicksville and Fido Fitness Club in Woodmere will be providing free gifts for each pet adopted during “Home for the Holidays.”

 

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information, call the Shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit www.toh.li/animal-shelter.

 

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Hempstead Town Board Approves Grant Funds for Drug Counseling Services

Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino and members of the Hempstead Town Board recently approved $100,000 in grant monies for community organizations to aide in their efforts to curtail heroin abuse and assist victims of drug addiction. The two organizations, Yes Community Counseling Center of Levittown and New Horizon Counseling Center of Valley Stream, each received a $50,000 grant. Among an array of services provided to the community by these two organizations are drug addiction services, including counseling and related services to neighbors in need. Joining Murray and Santino in the announcement were Councilmen Gary Hudes, Bruce Blakeman and Ed Ambrosino.

 

The approved grants were secured in response to a rise in heroin usage and heroin-related deaths on Long Island and across the nation. This is an extension of Hempstead Town’s ongoing grant assistance program which secures funding throughout the year for several community organizations that provide important services to youth and others in need.

 

“To combat the rise in heroin usage in our area, these grant funds will provide assistance to organizations dedicated to providing life-saving drug addiction and counseling services to youth and adults,” Murray said “These dedicated organizations are in our communities helping neighbors in need, and we’re happy to assist them in their efforts to help victims of drug addiction and abuse,” Santino added.

 

“Taking on the war on heroin is an important task,” said Hudes. “One way we can contribute to that fight is by supporting the groups that are helping neighbors in our communities,” added Ambrosino. “I am proud to join with effective community organizations to battle the scourge of heroin in our area,” stated Blakeman.

 

The $50,000 grants are distributed through the town’s Department of Planning and Economic Development, and the monies have been secured through federal Community Development Block Grant funding.

 

Earlier this year, Hempstead Town presented a $25,000 grant to the Oceanside Counseling Center, which provides services for those struggling with addiction, and an array of other support programs for neighbors.

 

“Hempstead Town is committed to battling heroin abuse,” concluded Murray. “This grant funding is an important part of our effort to save the lives of neighbors in our communities.”

 

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Hempstead Town Hall To Ring in the Holiday Season

Town Family to Light the Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara

 

While his dedicated reindeer and helpers remain home at the North Pole making final preparations, Santa Claus is taking time out of his busy schedule to visit Hempstead Town Hall. Santa will join Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino and the Town of Hempstead family to celebrate the holiday season at the Christmas Tree, Menorah and Kinara Lighting Ceremony at Town Hall Plaza on Tuesday, December 8th at 4PM.

 

Without his reindeer in tow, Santa will enter in a classic 1951 Ahrens Fox Fire Truck provided by the Baldwin Fire Department. In addition to a visit from Santa, the festive ceremony also features a holiday musical performance by the students of Jackson Main Elementary School of Hempstead and the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree, the Hanukkah Menorah and the Kwanzaa Kinara.

 

“It’s a wonderful time of year to reflect on our blessings and our families, while seeing the impressive amount of generosity that is all around us,” Murray said. “We’ll ring in the holidays with members of the Hempstead Town community, will celebrate the spirit of giving during this festive season,” Santino added.

 

Symbolizing the season of giving this year is CSEA Local 880, which has once again partnered with the Salvation Army to sponsor its annual Angel Tree donation drive in an effort to help the less fortunate during the holidays. Those attending the lighting ceremony will have an opportunity to donate an unwrapped toy toward the cause. They will be collecting toys in the town’s Department of Highways through December 14th.

 

“Thanks to the Angel Tree Toy program, thousands of toys have been collected, brightening the holidays for children,” Murray said. “I thank CSEA Local 880, the Salvation Army, and all of the generous people who have participated in this worthy cause and other charitable endeavors this holiday season.”

 

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Town Animal Shelter Surpasses 10,000 Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino have announced that the Town Animal Shelter has just surpassed 10,000 spay/neuter surgeries in its comprehensive Trap, Neuter and Return Program for feral cats. The milestone comes less than four years after the town launched the initiative, which has helped to stabilize the town’s free-roaming cat population.

 

“The spaying/neutering of 10,000 feral cats in our area reaffirms the Town of Hempstead’s commitment to a responsible and humane method of reducing the number of cats roaming the streets,” stated Supervisor Murray. “We encourage residents to assist the Town Animal Shelter by reporting feral cats in their communities, and there are even opportunities for neighbors with training to participate in the program.”

 

“I applaud Supervisor Murray for her leadership on this important issue in the Town of Hempstead,” added Senior Councilman Santino. “Our Trap, Neuter and Return Program has made a significant impact on the town’s feral cat community.”

 

“I am proud to partner with Supervisor Murray and Senior Councilman Santino to continue this humane and effective strategy in the Town of Hempstead,” added Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney.

 

Under the TNR program, a feral cat is trapped in a specially designed trap, transported to the town Animal Shelter to be spayed/neutered, and then, after a recovery period, returned to the same location where it was trapped. The goal of TNR is to allow cats to continue living in their natural habitats, but without the ability to reproduce and add to the feral cat population. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the TNR strategy is the only humane and effective method of controlling the number of feral cats living in a community.

 

Residents who are trained in TNR are encouraged to participate in the free program, but should first contact the Town Animal Shelter before trapping or transporting a cat to the shelter. Cats brought to the town Animal Shelter for TNR will also receive free rabies and distemper vaccinations, flea control and ear tipping (ear tipping lets other residents know that the cat has already been “fixed”). For a $25 cash payment, residents can also have cats tested for feline AIDS/leukemia.

 

Residents who wish to participate in the town’s TNR program must make an appointment through the town Animal Shelter by calling (516) 785-5220 ext. 4630 or emailing sreichert@tohmail.org. Space is limited, and appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shelter staff advises residents who are not familiar with TNR to review a Fact Sheet on the town’s website, at http://toh.li/animal-shelter/feral-cat-spayneuter-program. While there is no fee to borrow a trap from the Animal Shelter, the shelter requires an $80 cash deposit, which is fully refundable upon the trap being returned in good condition.

 

The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter is located at 3320 Beltagh Avenue in Wantagh. For more information, call the Shelter at (516) 785-5220 or visit www.toh.li/animal-shelter.

 

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A Special Homecoming for an American Hero

Marine Gifted Mortgage-Free Home in North Merrick

 

With Veterans Day approaching, hundreds of neighbors, friends, family members, veterans and other supporters will cheer on Corporal Kevin Vaughan of the United States Marine Corps on Saturday, November 7thas he is presented with the key to a beautiful new house in his hometown of North Merrick. The presentation, led by Building Homes for Heroes CEO/Founder Andy Pujol, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino, Councilman Gary Hudes and other officials, will take place during a festive home ceremony in front of the wounded veteran’s new home on Little Whaleneck Road (between Decker and Abbott Avenues) at 10 a.m.

 

Vaughan, who was seriously wounded while serving in Afghanistan as a member of the Third Battalion, 6thMarine Regiment, will be gifted the two-story Cape-Cod style home thanks to the efforts of Building Homes for Heroes and its brigade of volunteers, donors and supporters. Building Homes for Heroes, a national organization based in Valley Stream, has built and gifted hundreds of homes to wounded veterans across the nation, but the Vaughan residence will the first Town of Hempstead home to add to its impressive mantle of helping America’s heroes

 

The home ceremony in North Merrick will kick off Building Homes for Heroes’ four days of gifting homes across the nation in honor of Veterans Day on November 11th. After Saturday’s event in North Merrick, the organization will gift homes to wounded veterans in Arizona, Nevada and Florida.

 

“There’s no better way to start an amazing four-day journey than right in the heart of our hometown in the Town of Hempstead,” Pujol said. “We could not have become one of the nation’s fastest-growing veteran’s charities without our generous supporters, and the volunteers who are committed to helping us build homes for veterans, while rebuilding the lives of our nation’s heroes.”

 

“Corporal Vaughan is a true hero who courageously put his life on the line to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy as Americans,” Murray said.

 

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of Andy Pujol and his wonderful team at Building Homes for Heroes, this incredibly brave young man will move into his own home in his beloved hometown,” Santino added.

 

Corporal Vaughan, of the Third Battalion, 6thMarine Regiment, was wounded in Afghanistan in September of 2011 when the vehicle in which he was traveling in struck an 80-pound pressure plate (improvised explosive device) while he was carrying out combat operations in the Southern Helmand province. As a result of his injuries, Corporal Vaughan, who was treated for 15 months at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, had his left leg amputated below the knee and his right leg reconstructed with rods and screws. He was treated for other major injuries as well.

 

Corporal Vaughan, a Wellington C. Mepham High School graduate, earned the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Navy Sea Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

 

Led by President/CEO and Founder Andy Pujol, the Valley Stream-based non-profit Building Homes for Heroes®gifted 22 homes to veterans in 2014 and plans to gift 31 homes, nationwide, by the end of this year.

 

Partnering with Building Homes for Heroes®, Hempstead Town’s Building Department has waived all building permit fees, providing a savings of $2,400 to the charitable organization that is building Corporal Vaughan’s home.

 

For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.buildinghomesforheroes.org.

 

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Hempstead Town’s Bravest Honored

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and members of the Town Board honored local volunteer first responders at Hempstead Town Hall’s Nathan L. H. Bennett Pavilion during the 2015 Firematic Awards Ceremony. Thirty-one individuals representing 18 fire departments were honored with Town of Hempstead Firematic Awards for exemplary service to their fellow neighbors and their communities.

 

“The annual firematic awards has always held a special place in my heart because it gives us a chance to pause and reflect on the amazing sacrifices that these brave members of our community make to protect their fellow neighbors,” Murray said. “Tonight, we honor some of the local heroes who put their lives on the line to serve their communities.”

 

Some of this year’s recipients were honored for heroic rescues and courageous deeds, while others were saluted for decades of services to their departments and their communities. A posthumous firematic award was presented in honor of Ex-Chief Joseph Sanford, Jr. of the Inwood Fire Department, a decorated member of the community who lost his life in the line of duty during a house fire in Woodmere last December.

 

The following individuals were awarded the Town’s Firematic Medal for their distinguished service as members of the volunteer fire service community:

 

Baldwin Fire Department

Ex-Captain Fred Kopf

 

East Rockaway Fire Department

Ex-Captain Craig Gelb

 

Floral Park Fire Department

Honorary Chief Charles Matassa

 

Freeport Fire Department

Ex-Captain Steven Cooke

 

Garden City Fire Department

Firefighter David Tomlinson

 

Inwood Fire Department

Ex-Chief Joseph Sanford Jr. (Posthumous)

 

Island Park Fire Department

Firefighter/EMT Mahendra “Shiv” Hardwar

 

Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department

Lieutenant Joseph McHugh

 

Levittown Fire Department

Firefighter Brandon Fourquet

Firemedic/EMT Lisa Fourquet

Firefighter Krystin Fourquet

Firefighter/EMT Elizabeth Hernandez

Probationary Firefighter Paul Parada

1st Deputy Chief Thomas Steinwall

3rd Deputy Chief Al Williams

Fire Police Captain Kenneth J. Zwerling

 

Lynbrook Fire Department

Ex-Chief William Donald

 

Meadowmere Park Fire Department

Firefighter William Murphy

 

Merrick Fire Department

1st Assistant Chief Thomas Gies

 

Mineola Fire Department

Firefighter Stephen McCarthy

 

North Merrick Fire Department

Firefighter Steven Mangual

 

Rockville Centre Fire Department

Honorary Chief Charles R. “Chuck” Joyce

 

Stewart Manor Fire Department

Assistant Chief Thomas Skinner

 

Wantagh Fire Department

Ex-Chief William Allen

Ex-Chief John Gillen

Ex-Chief George Krant

Ex-Chief Jeff Lindgren

Ex-Chief Bruce Sparke

 

Woodmere Fire Department

Lieutenant Ross Rieman

Liutenant Meir Shubowitz

EMT Shereen Torbati

 

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Murray, NUMC to Educate Public on Warning Signs of Heroin Abuse

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Nassau University Medical Center are teaming up to declare that in the battle against heroin, there is both “hope and help” available. Supervisor Murray and NUMC officials are inviting parents, friends and family, as well as those suffering from addiction, to an informative Hope & Help Heroin Recovery Resource & Referral Program at the medical center on Tuesday, October 20th from 7 to 9 PM. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with professionals from an array of drug counseling and recovery organizations in attendance, hear inspiring testimony from recovering addicts and health professionals, and receive informative materials.

 

“Fatal heroin overdoses have skyrocketed by more than 100 percent in just one year’s time,” stated Supervisor Murray. “Education, prevention and early intervention are important steps that we as a community can take to combat this heroin epidemic. I am proud to partner with the Nassau University Medical Center and a number of drug counseling and assistance organizations to bring these excellent programs and services to Nassau County residents.”

 

“NUMC has the only Inpatient Chemical Dependency Program in Nassau County. Kate Murray has a plan to effectively fight the war on drugs and has taken the initiative to contact us and work collaboratively with us to address the serious heroin problem in Nassau County. Her cooperative approach involves chemical dependency treatment providers, law enforcement, health professionals, drug addicted individuals and their families. Her leadership on this issue is helping to keep Nassau County safe. I commend her for her leadership and comprehensive plan,” said Warren D. Zysman LCSW-R, CASAC, Trustee and Chairman of the Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Committee of the Board of Directors of NUMC & CEO of ACI Chemical Dependency Treatment Centers.

 

“What we can’t do alone we can do together!” added Richard Davis, a recovering heroin addict with 38 years clean, who is one of the featured guest speakers. Davis has worked tirelessly in his efforts to help suffering addicts and their families.

 

The event will be attended by a number of top-notch organizations, including the Nassau University Medical Center detox and chemical rehabilitation units, ACI Chemical Dependency Treatment Center, Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Mercy Hospital Association, Oceanside Counseling Center, South Nassau Communities Hospital, Samaritan Village, Long Island Teen Challenge, Long Island Jewish Project Outreach, Hispanic Counseling Center, the Roosevelt Ed Alcohol Counseling Treatment Center (REACT), Confide Counseling Center, South Shore Child Guidance Association, the Five Towns Community Center CODA Program and H.E.L.P. Services Inc.

 

Supervisor Murray has been on the front lines in the war against heroin in Nassau County. She recently called for the creation of a countywide heroin task force within the county’s police department, focused on removing dealers from our streets. Murray’s proposal was endorsed by top law enforcement agencies, including the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, the Nassau County Police Department Detectives Association, the Nassau County Superior Officers Association, and ACI Drug Treatment Services. Murray and the Hempstead Town Board also increased town funding for local drug treatment and intervention facilities by the Hempstead Town Board. What’s more, the town is developing a Narcan training program for its public safety officers to help treat people who have overdosed.

 

The Hope & Help Heroin Recovery Resource & Referral Program will be held in the ground floor auditorium of Nassau University Medical Center, located at 2201 Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow.

 

“We hope that residents take advantage of this free and educational Heroin Recovery Resource & Referral Program,” concluded Murray. “Together, we can beat heroin.”

 

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Sandy Victims are Still Hurting

Hempstead Town Extends Fee Waiver on Building Permits, Costs for Replacement Documents

 

“Sandy victims are still hurting,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray as she announced that the town will extend a moratorium on Building Department permit fees for Sandy victims who are still working to repair or rebuild their storm ravaged homes. The town has also continued its fee waiver for the replacement of birth certificates, marriage licenses and passports that were lost in the Superstorm. The fees, first waived in the immediate wake of Hurricane Sandy, will continue to be suspended through December 31, 2015.

 

“It’s heartbreaking for so many of our town’s residents to struggle with the daunting task of rebuilding their homes and their lives in the aftermath of Sandy,” said Murray. “Eliminating the fees that are within our control for storm-struck neighbors is the town’s commitment to victims of the hurricane.”

 

Hempstead Town has foregone approximately $4.2 million in Building Department permit fees for residents rebuilding and repairing storm-struck houses. The Supervisor has stated that she and her colleagues on the Town Board agreed that the fee waivers are the right thing to do for homeowners.

 

In the Building Department, all town fees are waived for Sandy-related structural repairs that confirm to original dimensions and specifications, commonly referred to as “in-kind” repairs/replacement. Residents of incorporated villages should check requirements of their local villages. All town fees have been waived for temporary housing trailers and storage pods during construction. Through December 31, 2015, structural work on buildings will be permitted on Saturdays and Sundays between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in addition to the regular construction hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

 

In the Office of the Town Clerk, residents who lost important documents during Hurricane Sandy including birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses and passports, will not have to pay the town fees for replacement copies.

 

Although no appointments are required for residents who plan to visit the Building Department on Sandy-related business, residents are encouraged to call ahead of time to (516) 812-3073 to minimize waiting time. Neighbors can contact the Office of the Town Clerk at (516) 489-5000 ext. 3046.

 

“Our neighbors are working hard to put the pieces of their homes and their lives back together almost three years removed from the storm,” concluded Murray. “We will continue to support families as they work to recover.”

 

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Country Fair To Make History at Rock Hall Museum

Colonial era Rock Hall Museum lends an historic flavor to a modern day celebration during the Annual Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday, October 24 and 25. Supervisor Kate Murray invites visitors to enjoy a festive weekend of fun-filled activities, including a harvest market, live concerts, scarecrow making, pumpkin patch, food court, pony rides, animal farm and a craft area for children.

 

“In addition to all the excitement of a traditional country fair, a visit to Rock Hall Museum provides a wonderful opportunity to relive the sights and sounds of Colonial era Hempstead Town,” commented Supervisor Murray. “Along with the many country fair events, I invite you to tour the museum and experience an authentic 18th Century home and life-style.”

 

With FREE admission and FREE parking, the fair runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25. The museum is located at 199 Broadway in Lawrence.

 

A busy weekend of Colonial era activities includes fascinating re-creations of 18th Century cooking, games, music and craft making. Rock Hall historians will also demonstrate several Colonial trades including, wampum making, basket weaving, blacksmithing, broom making, carpentry/white coopering and tinsmithing. The fair is also highlighted by a variety of children’s activities including a colonial craft workshop (fee), a pumpkin patch, pony rides, scarecrow making (fee), games and contests.

 

The Country Fair is one of many popular events scheduled for Rock Hall in the months ahead. Information on upcoming programs, including some very special holiday celebrations, is available by calling the museum at (516) 239-1157.

 

“A visit to the Rock Hall Country Fair is a great way to spend an autumn afternoon,” stated Councilman Bruce Blakeman. “Bring the entire family and enjoy an exciting and entertaining day at Hempstead Town’s very own history museum.”

 

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Hempstead Town Prepares for Major Weather Event

Offers Tips for Neighbors to Prepare Too

 

While Hurricane Joaquin makes its way toward the Bahamas with a potential to hit Long Island early next week, Hempstead Town is preparing for a possible hurricane strike. While the degree of impact remains uncertain, town officials are taking steps to respond to damage that could accompany a major storm, as well as offering residents tips on dealing with the storm’s wrath.

 

“We want to provide our residents, especially seniors and other vulnerable residents, with essential resources and tips to prepare for the major storm that may occur in the upcoming days,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray said. “It is critical for each and every one of us to formulate a hurricane preparedness plan, and to be ready when and if the storm arrives.”

 

As the town makes ready for Joaquin, staff is focused on safeguarding residents. Hempstead Town officials are in contact with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, as well as the National Weather Service, the Army Corps of Engineers and the National Hurricane Center. Municipal vehicles are being fueled, equipment is being moved to staging areas and Bay Constable boats will be available if roads to the barrier beaches are flooded as a result of the storm. Trucks will be available to evacuate town staff from the barrier island if necessary.

 

Staff members are servicing tree removal equipment and chain saws, as well as drain cleaning equipment. Trucks and street sweepers are ready to go, and marina staff is removing town boats from the water.

 

Boat owners are urged to remove their vessels from marinas. If boat removal is not possible, owners are encouraged to secure dock lines, recharge batteries and take other appropriate safety precautions.

 

Already in place is Hempstead Town’s Swift 911 Emergency Notification System, which provides homes and businesses with recorded notifications via telephone, email or text message. Contact information in the Swift 911 database is based on phone directories and other publicly available sources. Update or add your contact information to the system by visiting www.toh.li/content/cs/swift911/html.

 

Town officials are reminding residents not to rake leaves into the street. This is critical during fall storms, as leaves can cause blockages in the storm drain system and result in flooding. Residents are also reminded to use caution when leaving their homes after the storm. Fallen trees often cause downed utility lines, which can present life-threatening hazards. Officials also request that residents follow any directives from emergency management personnel as the storm draws closer to ensure their safety.

 

As the storm approaches, Hempstead Town offers the following tips and guidelines for residents to consider:

 

 

Tips to keep in mind when a hurricane is predicted:

 

  • Listen to local radio/TV stations for weather updates.
  • Organize emergency supplies.
  • Clear yard of loose objects (examples include outdoor furniture, trash cans, etc.)
  • Secure your boat.
  • Board windows and doors.
  • Turn refrigerator/freezer to highest setting, opening only when necessary to maintain temperature in the event of a power outage.

 

Bear in mind that strong storms have historically affected essential services, including water, gas, electricity, sewage and phone. To prepare, Murray is offering a checklist of items for residents to include in a home survival kit.

 

 

Important groceries and items to have on hand:

 

  • Battery-operated radio or a weather radio
  • Bottled water
  • Pre-moistened towelettes
  • Apples (fruits)
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Applesauce (canned fruit)
  • Crackers/bread
  • Canned food
  • Filled prescriptions
  • Flashlight with batteries or new “shake” flashlight
  • Non-electric can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Toilet paper
  • Batteries
  • Zip lock bags (great way to protect documents)
  • Cash, small bills (ATMS and credit cards might not work)
  • Point of contact out of state (in case local communications do not work)
  • Photocopy of valuable documents (in zip lock bag)
  • Garbage bags

 

“Devising a plan can be a life-saver during severe weather,” Murray said. “I encourage residents to incorporate these valuable safety tips.”

 

For more information on hurricane safety, including coastal evacuation routes, important phone numbers and other tips, visit toh.li/public-safety-department/hurricane-safety.

 

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