Suffolk County Opens Warming Centers For Powerless

In other news, Suffolk County coordinating with LIPA, FEMA, and others to offer free inspections to facilitate restoration of power.

Suffolk County officials continue to work round the clock to reach out to residents in need after Super Storm Sandy.

In an update on Monday, Suffolk County Steve Bellone said in a release that in some flood zones, due to safety reasons, the Long Island Power Authority requires a homeowner to provide an "authorization to energize," by an approved electrical inspection agency, before they will proceed with re-energizing homes.

"Given the large number of homes impacted by Hurricane Sandy, the process which LIPA requires to ensure public safety could leave a significant number of homes without power for an extended period of time," the release stated.

To that end, Suffolk County is working with LIPA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, New York State and town officials to provide the inspection for free to homeowners in the flooded areas.

The county is working with towns to pair up electrical inspectors with code enforcement officers, building inspectors, fire marshals and state representatives to assess whether homes can safely have their power restored. The goal, Bellone said, is to speed up the power restoration process to residents.

In other news, the Red Cross will continue serving lunch on Monday from 11 a.m. on and dinner from 4 p.m. on at the Dennison building in Hauppauge at 100 Veterans Highway; the Riverhead County Center, located at 210 Center Drive in Riverside, and at the Mastic Firehouse, located at 1088 Mastic Road.

Red Cross shelters are still open at Sachem East High School, Walt Whitman High School, and Robert Frost Middle School.

And, as temperatures continue to drop, warming centers will be opened to give residents a chance to get out of the cold, charge their electronic devices, and receive food.

Here is a list of warming centers and their hours of operation:

William J. Brosnan School

Northport-East Northport School District, 158 Laurel Ave, Northport

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday

Charging Center

American Legion Hall

7 Woodside Ave Northport

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday

Central Presbyterian Church

240 Main Street, Huntington

Open: Monday to Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Providing: Sandwiches, charging stations and internet access

Temple Beth El

660 Park Avenue, Huntington

Open: Sundays – 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Providing: Warming area, water and charging stations

 St. Hugh of Lincoln R. C. Church

New York Avenue at East 9th Street

Huntington Station

Open: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Providing: Warming Center

Light of Salvation Church

1599 New York Avenue

Huntington Station

Open: Monday to Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Providing: Warming center and food.

Dix Hills Ice Rink

Dix Hills Park

575 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills 

Open: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Monday to Friday: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Providing: Free ice skating, coffee and hot chocolate, showers, and charging stations. Snacks can be purchased at the concession stand

Huntington YMCA

60 Main Street

Open: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Providing: Showers and charging stations

Salvation Army

East Northport Service Center

319 Clay Pitts Road, East Northport

Seven days: 10 a.m.  – 8 p.m.

Matt November 05, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Still have no power live on mills pond rd. The street lights have power but we dont. I been calling all the numbers for Lipa and they are all busy. I been calling every 15 minutes for the past 2 days. Maybe long islanders would get smart and bring deregulation to suffolk county for electric so Lipa isnt the only choice here. 40,000 in taxes and this is what I get...
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Still in the Dark (Farmers ave in lindenhurst)
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