Here’s a list of helpful numbers, websites and tips to get you through a storm.
Electricity and gas
- Electric outages and downed power lines should be reported to PSEG by calling 800-490-0075 or online by signing in to your PSEG account.
- Gas leaks should be reported to National Grid by calling the Gas Emergency Line at 800-490-0045.
What you should have
FEMA recommends having a disaster kit that includes:
- Three-day supply of nonperishable food
- Three-day supply of water, or 1 gallon of water per person per day
- Portable, battery-powered radio or television and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Sanitation and hygiene items, such as moist towelettes and toilet paper
- Matches and a waterproof container
- Extra clothing
- Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, including a hand-operated can opener
- Photocopies of credit and identification cards
- Cash and coins
- Special-needs items, such as prescription medications, eyeglasses, contact lens solutions and hearing-aid batteries
- Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles and pacifiers
- Other items to meet your family’s needs
- Fill up vehicles with fuel.
- Listen to local officials.
- Pick people to call who are on and off the Island in case you become separated from family members.
- Never use portable generators indoors, in garages or near open windows
If electrical power is lost:
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold enough for a couple of hours.
- If it looks like power will be out for more than two to four hours, put refrigerated milk, dairy products, meats, fish, poultry, eggs, gravy, stuffing and leftovers into a cooler surrounded by ice.
- If the refrigerator was out for more than two to four hours,
- discard the perishable items.
- A freezer that is half-full will hold for up to 24 hours; a full freezer for 48 hours. If it appears the power outage will be prolonged, prepare a cooler with ice for freezer items.
- If the freezer is fairly full and it has been without power for less than 24 hours, food should be safe. Expect a loss of quality with refreezing.
- Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with floodwater. If in doubt, discard it.
- Do not eat food packed in plastic, paper, cardboard, cloth and similar containers that have been water-damaged.
- Discard food and beverage containers with screw-caps, snap lids, crimped caps (soda bottles), twist caps, flip tops and home-canned foods if they have come in contact with floodwater. These containers cannot be disinfected.
- North Hempstead:
Call 311 or 516-TOWN-311 (516-869-6311) for a service representative or go to northhempstead.com.
Call 516-489-5000 or visit townofhempstead.org.
- Oyster Bay:
Go to oysterbaytown.com or call highway department to report downed trees at 516-677-5757.
- City of Glen Cove:
Go to glencove-li.us or call the Department of Public Works at 516-676-4402.
- City of Long Beach:
Visit longbeachny.org or call City Hall at 516-431-1000.
Visit townofbabylon.com or call the public safety department at 631-422-7600 to report downed trees.
Call the highway department at 631-451-9200 to report downed trees or visit brookhaven.org.
- East Hampton:
Go to ehamptonny.gov or call the highway department to report roadway obstructions at 631-324-0925.
Visit huntingtonny.gov or call its 24-hour emergency number, 631-271-6573, or for downed trees, 631-499-0444.
Visit townofislip-ny.gov or call 631-224-5600 to report downed trees or power lines.
Call the storm hotline at 631-727-3200 or visit townofriverheadny.gov.
Call the Public Safety Department at 631-360-7553.
Go to southamptontownny.gov or call 631-283-6000.
Visit southoldtownny.gov or call 631-765-1800.
- Shelter Island:
Visit shelterislandtown.us or call 631-749-0291.