With snow and frigid temperatures approaching Long Island, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today reminded residents about Nassau County’s Emergency Shelter Relief Program for the homeless; announced the opening of 19 warming centers, and activated the County’s Non-Emergency Hotline
The Nassau County Department of Public Works began pre-treating roadways at 5 a.m. this morning to help prevent black ice, and the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management – which has been monitoring the storm since its initial formation – activated its Emergency Operation Center at 1pm today.
In an early afternoon press briefing, Mangano said that the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning that began at noon today and runs through 6 AM tomorrow. Predictions indicate that Nassau County could receive up to 12 inches of snow with the heaviest snow arriving at 4pm.
“At times there may be near blizzard like conditions, reducing visibility,” Mangano said. “This will make the evening commute treacherous, so we urge residents that CAN leave work a little early to do so and those that are already home to stay home.”
“Over 200 employees are working to keep our County roadways safe and passable – with over 100 assets, including plows and spreaders, and over 13,000 tons of salt,” Mangano said. He added that he remains in contact with Nassau’s cities, towns, and villages, as well as first responder agencies, to ensure storm preparation continues.
And he reminded all residents to plan for the possibility of power outages and road closures, and keep on-hand an Emergency Go-Kit for their family.
“For our residents that are utilizing the NICE Bus, please expect mid-day delays lasting throughout the day into Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning,” he said. “Please anticipate possible detours, especially on the North Shore as driving conditions become more treacherous.”
Residents can check NICE Bus’s website, Facebook and Twitter page for real time service updates.
Residents can also download the Nassau Now application to their mobile device to stay up to date on County Storm preparations and report potholes. To receive email updates with emergency notifications, log into http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/OEM.
WARMBED, Nassau County’s Winter Homeless program individuals and families, is active during the winter months. It operates 7 days a week and runs through March 31st, 2014 – or until warmer weather arrive.
Between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday thru Thursday, and Friday from 6:00 p.m. thru Monday at 8:00 a.m., employees from WARMBED and the Department of Social Services (DSS) make appropriate referrals and provide shelter placement. Once placed, the staff at DSS and the Office of Housing and Community Development contact those who are homeless in order to access resources for permanent housing. County Executive Mangano also urges Nassau’s homeless veterans to take advantage of the WARMBED program, where they will be assisted by the Nassau County Veterans Services Agency.
See emergency numbers below:
NASSAU COUNTY EVENING HOMELESS HOTLINE (WARMBED):
Department of Social Services (516) 227-8519: After office hours (516) 573-8626
Long Island Crisis Counseling & Referral Center Hotline (516) 679-1111
Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence Hotline (516) 542-0404
Nassau University Medical Center (516) 572-0123
Warming Center Locations
• Glen Cove Senior Center – 130 Glen Street, Glen Cove (Transport available for City residents). Tel: 516-759-9610
• Long Beach Public Library – 111 W. Park Ave, Long Beach. Tel: 516-431-7200
• Long Beach SCSC – Temple Beth-El, 570 West Walnut Street, Long Beach. Tel: 516-432-5555
TOWN OF OYSTER BAY:
• Village of Massapequa Park – Court Room – 151 Front Street, Massapequa Park. Tel: 516-798-0244
• TOB Ice Skating Center at Bethpage – 1001 Stewart Ave, Bethpage. Tel: 516-433-7465
• Massapequa Park SCSC – Our Lady of Lourdes School, 379 Linden Street, Massapequa Park.
• Life Enrichment Center @ Oyster Bay SCSC – 45 East Main Street, Oyster Bay. Tel: 516-922-1770
TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD:
• 5 Towns Community Center – 270 Lawrence Ave, Lawrence. Tel: 516-239-6244
• Salvation Army (Freeport) – 66 Church Street, Freeport. Tel: 516-378-4557
• Bethel A.M.E. Church Roosevelt – 20 N. Main Street, Freeport. Tel: 516-377-4469
• Franklin Square SCSC – Wesley United Methodist Church, 619 Fenworth Boulevard, Franklin Square. Tel: 516-481-3322
• Hempstead SCSC – United Methodist Church, 40 Washington Ave., Hempstead. Tel: 516-565-1568
• Hispanic Brotherhood Senior Program, 59 Clinton Ave, Rockville Centre. Tel: 516-766-6610
• North Merrick SCSC – Brookside School, 1260 Meadowbrook Rd., North Merrick. Tel: 516-71-8675
• Oceanside SCSC – St. Anthony’s Catholic School – 80 Anchor Avenue, Oceanside. Tel: 516-764-9792
TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD:
• Great Neck SCSC – 80 Grace Avenue, Great Neck. Tel: 516-487-0025
• Herricks SCSC – Herricks Community Center, Herricks Road, New Hyde Park. Tel: 516-248-3135
• Port Washington SCSC – St. Stephen’s Church, 9 Carlton Ave., Port Washington. Tel: 516-944-9654
• Westbury Senior Center – 360 Post Avenue, Westbury. Tel: 516-334-5886
Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will activate the County’s Non-Emergency Hotline beginning today, January 21, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. as a winter storm approaches the region. Residents with non-life threatening emergencies should dial 1-888-684-4274 for assistance beginning January 21st at 12:00 p.m through the duration of the storm. Use this number for downed trees, flooding and other non-life threatening emergencies. All those with life threatening emergencies should call 911.