For Immediate Release Media Contacts: Collin Nash, Sid Nathan, and Jason Elan
August 25, 2011 (516) 869-7794
NORTH HEMPSTEAD OFFICIALS PREPARE TO RESPOND TO POTENTIAL IMPACT BY HURRICANE IRENE
Supervisor Kaiman: Residents Should Call 911 for Emergencies and 311 for Non-Emergencies
Residents urged to visit www.NorthHempsteadNY.Gov/stormprep for Storm Preparedness Information
NORTH HEMPSTEAD, NY – Supervisor Jon Kaiman today announced that the Town of North Hempstead is preparing to take appropriate action to deal with the potential impact of Hurricane Irene, which, meteorologists say may hit New York State this coming Sunday, August 28. Reacting to these developments, the Supervisor has instructed Town officials to be ready to assist residents and start crafting emergency management response strategies in the event the storm reaches North Hempstead.
“As we monitor the ongoing situation with Hurricane Irene, North Hempstead government is working with both our county, state and local partners (villages and special districts) to ensure that we can respond promptly to any incident that may arise due to the storm,” said Supervisor Kaiman. “In the event of an emergency during the storm, I urge any and all residents to contact 911. For all post-storm related matters, residents can contact our North Hempstead Call Center, simply by dialing 311, in the event of fallen trees or branches, power outages, or if there is any information that the Town can provide.”
North Hempstead has already made preparations if Irene hits. The Town’s departments of Administrative Services, Public Works and Parks will be working with the Department of Highways to open up essential roadways if and when necessary.
Likewise, staff in the Department of Parks and Recreation has been briefed and is on standby ready to be deployed in the event that shelters will need to be staffed. Electric generators have been marshaled in the event that power supplies are compromised as well.
The Town has also made preparations to rescue displaced animals. Meanwhile, staffers in the Town’s Parks and Public Safety departments remain on standby to work extra hours if necessary. Also, the Town’s 311 Call Center, which normally operates over the weekend, is prepared to deploy call-takers around the clock if need be.
In addition, to monitor and assess any likely damage to crafts and dock infrastructure, the Town’s Harbor Patrol will work around the clock Sunday through Monday.
In the event of an evacuation, residents will be able to listen to public service announcements via the Town’s Swift Reach 911 service, which notifies residents using automated calls from the North Hempstead 311 Call Center. In addition, the North Hempstead Office of Emergency Management will work with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management to coordinate Points of Distribution (PODs) throughout the Town to assist residents and offer supplies and other materials if needed.
For more emergency preparedness information, please call 311 or visit www.northhempsteadny.gov/stormprep.
Residents are also encouraged to listen to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio.