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Mangano Orders Mandatory Evacuations, Announces Shelter Locations

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was joined this afternoon by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi to announce further preparations in advance of Hurricane Irene. After discussions with the National Weather Service, it appears that Nassau County will experience a direct impact from Hurricane Irene on Sunday, with heavy wind and rain arriving tomorrow.

County Executive Mangano signed an Executive Order at 3:00 p.m. declaring a state of emergency in Nassau County, which provides the additional tools needed to deal with all situations and evacuations related to the hurricane.

The County Executive also signed an Evacuation Order and is now ordering a MANDATORY EVACUATION for all residents living south of Sunrise Highway, from the Queens line to Rockville Centre and South of Merrick Road, from Rockville Centre to the Nassau-Suffolk border.

This Evacuation Order also includes the MANDATORY EVACUATION of all residents on the north shore of Nassau County that reside in low-lying areas and storm surge zones. Low-lying are defined as 10 feet above sea-level or less.

All those residing in these areas must evacuate by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

It is essential that this evacuation begin prior to wind gusts that exceed 55 miles per hour. Once winds exceed this level, flying debris could be deadly. It is also essential that this evacuation begin immediately, as the MTA will shut down public transportation by noon on Saturday.

Residents should utilize coastal evacuation routes, which include: Peninsula Blvd, Long Beach Rd., Meadowbrook Parkway and the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway.

Residents should immediately contact friends and family for alternative sheltering locations if they reside south of Sunrise Highway, from the Queens line to Rockville Centre; south of Merrick Road, from Rockville Centre to the Nassau-Suffolk border; and low-lying areas and storm surge zones on the north shore.

“A Friends and Family Sheltering Plan will provide the most comfortable situation during the storm,” said County Executive Mangano.

Nassau County has opened public shelter locations, including: Nassau Community College, located at 1 Education Drive, Garden City; SUNY Farmingdale, located at 2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale; and Locust Valley High School, located at 99 Horse Hollow Road.

At 7:00 p.m. tonight, additional shelters will open at:

North Shore High School
450 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Head

Garden City High School
170 Rockaway Avenue
Garden City

John F Kennedy High School
50 Kennedy Drive
Plainview

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

Glen Cove High School
150 Dosoris Lane
Glen Cove

Sewanhaka High School
500 Tulip Avenue
Floral Park

Plainview Middle School
121 Central Park Road
Plainview

Great Neck North High School
350 Polo Road
Great Neck

South High School
341 Lakeville Road
Great Neck

Farmingdale High School
150 Lincoln Street
Farmingdale

Manhasset High School
200 Memorial Place
Manhasset

Division Avenue High School
120 Division Avenue
Levittown

SUNY Old Westbury
223 Store Hill Road
Old Westbury

Paul Schreiber High School
101 Campus Drive
Port Washington

Weldon Howitt Middle School
Van Cott Avenue
Farmingdale

Westbury High School
1 Post Road
Old Westbury

Mineola High School
10 Armstrong Road
Garden City Park

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

Gerald Claps Career and Tech Center
150 Abbey Lane
Levittown

Hicksville High School
180 Division Avenue
Hicksville

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

 

McKenna Elementary School
210 Spruce Street
Massapequa Park

 

Specialty shelters for residents with pets, include:

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

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

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

All residents throughout Nassau County are reminded to tie down and secure all items outside their homes, as flying debris can be deadly.

“I also urge residents to assemble an Emergency Go-Kit for their family. Among other things, this kit should include medications, a first aid kit, flash light with extra batteries, a portable radio and water and dry food,” said Mangano. “During this time, I ask all residents to take caution, stay calm and follow the direction of law enforcement and emergency management officials.”

To learn more about assembling and Emergency Go-Kit, residents are encouraged to visit www.nassaucountyny.gov and click on the Hurricane icon.

All non-life threatening emergencies should be directed to the County’s special Non-Emergency Hotline at 1-888-684-4274. Residents should only contact 911 if there is a life-threatening emergency.