Supervisor Kate Murray announced today that the Town of Hempstead will be distributing food and water supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to victims of Hurricane Sandy on Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 at Oceanside Park (3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside) and Newbridge Road Park (2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore). This critically needed help is providing essential life-sustaining supplies to residents.
“Our town employees will be working tirelessly to provide needed water and food to residents affected by the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy,” stated Murray. “I would like to thank FEMA for coming to the aid of Town of Hempstead residents, so many of whom have been struggling over the past several days.”
The town will be distributing food and water at these two locations during the following times:
Saturday, November 3: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Oceanside Park, Newbridge Road Park)
Sunday, November 4: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Oceanside Park, Newbridge Road Park)
Signs will be erected at these facilities to direct people to the distribution points at the parks. An efficient line of people/cars will ensure that residents are able to pick up their supplies and take food and water home quickly. The town is encouraging people to come early, as there will be a limited supply of food and water available.
In addition to these two locations, there are many other distribution points being established throughout Nassau County by FEMA, the American Red Cross and the county.
The American Red Cross is expected to operate feeding sites throughout the weekend from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and offer a limited number of meals at two locations in Hempstead Town: Cedar Creek Park in Seaford (3340 Merrick Road) and Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach (880 Lido Boulevard). For more information, visit http://www.nyredcross.org.
FEMA will be setting up points of distribution at the following locations:
Heggarty School (100 Radcliffe Road)
Maryland Avenue and Beech Street (West Side)
Long Beach Fire Department (1 West Chester Street)
Marjorie R. Post Community Park Drive (451 Unqua Road)
Murray strongly urges all residents victimized by Hurricane Sandy to visit the aforementioned locations to obtain food, water and other relief items for themselves and their families.
“Hurricane Sandy has devastated families, destroyed homes and toppled trees and telephone poles, but the dedicated relief workers and town neighbors continue to work to assist residents at this difficult time,” concluded Murray. “Help is here for area residents.”