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Saturday, September 20, 2014

FEMA to aid Nassau County residents and business owners
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Monica Rzewski/Herald
Shopping in the dark at the Stop N Shop on Brunside Avenue in Inwood.

LIPA works on restoring power

The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) said it continues to make progress iwith its restoraion efforts. Officials said the utility is working around the clock and will be working daily to restore service. Additional critical support resources with off-Island linemen and tree trimmers a continue to arrive also.

At this time, we expect to restore the majority of customers who lost power by the weekend of Nov. 10 and 11. The remaining customers could take an additional week or more, excluding those areas where extreme flooding requires coordinating our efforts with local officials.

Currently, LIPA has also restored 37 of the 50 substations that were out of power. This is significant because it is the substations that distribute power to local neighborhoods.

As we continue to restore power to our customers, we are focused on completing the restoration of power to critical health facilities, areas of public safety and schools, each of which are essential to restoring some normalcy to the lives of Long Islanders.

In the meantime, we realize that many of our customers are without heat. As temperatures drop, we urge you to please use caution. If you are cold, consider finding shelter elsewhere. To find a shelter near you, text SHELTER and your zip code to #43362 (4FEMA). Or, you can reach the American Red Cross at 1-877-733 -2767.

Grateful for corporate donations

Several large corporations such as Walmart, Lowe's and Sam's Club have delivered a large amount of supplies to Nassau County's Bethpage command center.

Walmart sent glucometers to test blood sugar in diabetics, hand sanitizer, tissues, paper towels, batteries and personal hygiene will be delivered from there to hurricane shelters throughout Nassau County.

"It is at times like this that you realize how important it is to have partners that can provide assistance when times are tough. These companies have stepped up to help without being asked to come to our aid," said County Executive Ed Mangano.

Since Sunday, nine shelters operated by Nassau County and the American Red Cross have been opened to residents who were in need of assistance. They have been providing food and shelter to thousands of homeowners from throughout the county, especially those along coastal areas who fled the hurricane force floods and winds.

Walmart’s national office also delivered 15 cases of 25 pound dog food bags and 20 animal cages to the County’s pet shelter at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale. They also provided batteries for flashlight use at the shelters during temporary power outages.

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