Message To Readers: Hurricane Sandy
Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker
As Hurricane Sandy comes barreling towards the east coast I hope everyone in the area is playing it safe. If you are in a flood zone, and told to evacuate, you should do it and don’t wait until the last minute. The winds have already picked up significantly where I am on Long Island. Lindenhust started flooding yesterday and parts of Smithtown are also flooding.
I have queued up post for the next couple of days just
in case when we lose power. Last year, when Tropical Storm Irene hit, we where in the dark for nearly a week. This time LIPA is saying it could take anywhere from 4-10 days to restore power. Again if you are in the affected areas stay safe. If you are told to evaluate do so.
Hurricane Preparedness Numbers for Long Island
Power outages- text “Out” to MYLIPA or call 1-800-490-0075
Nassau non-emergency hotline: 1-888-684-4274
Suffolk non-emergency hotline: 631-852-COPS