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Around the Town: July 24, 2009

Hurricane Season

We are in the midst of hurricane season, which runs from June to November, and with the change in climate, experts have cautioned that Long Island has an increased potential to be hit by a major hurricane this year. It is important for everyone to be prepared, especially residents in the Town of Hempstead. That’s why Hempstead Town is offering a special hurricane preparedness presentation.

The goal of this presentation is to inform the public about the hazards of a hurricane and provide knowledge, which can help in the event there is a hurricane. The town’s Department of Public Safety will provide information on storm preparation measures that residents can take to help protect their families and property. The town’s Emergency Disaster Preparedness Plan and coastal evacuation routes will also be discussed.

Seminars are being held at various locations throughout the town. The schedule is as follows:

• Tuesday, July 21 at 7 p.m.

Anderson Recreation Center - 111 North Oceanside Road, Rockville Centre

• Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

Levittown Hall-Levittown Parkway, Hicksville

• Monday, July 27 at 7 p.m.

Valley Stream Village Hall-123 South Central Avenue, Valley Stream

• Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m.

Elmont Library-700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont

The town also has a pamphlet available that contains emergency telephone numbers, lists of suggested evacuation supplies and safety guidelines for hurricanes. Some hurricane safety tips include:

Have at least a two-week supply of nonperishable foods and a four-week supply of prescription medicines. Clear yards of loose objects such as bicycles, lawn furniture and trash cans. Anchor objects (no matter how heavy or large) so that they cannot be moved by strong winds. Store documents and valuables in waterproof containers and secure them in the highest possible spot to prevent damage to irreplaceable items.

This is just a sampling of the information provided in the pamphlet. If you would like to receive our Guide to Hurricane Safety, call the Town of Hempstead’s Department of Public Safety at 538-1900.

In the event of an emergency, residents can also visit the town’s website, www.TOH.LI. The site’s home page will have a flashing indicator to provide residents with up-to-date information.

I hope many residents will take advantage of this opportunity and attend the seminar. The most important thing to remember in dealing with major storms is don’t be scared – be prepared! For more information on the seminars please call the town at 812-3272.