FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 1, 2014
Town of North Hempstead Announces Opening of Warming Centers
MEDIA CONTACTS: Ryan Mulholland, Sam Marksheid and Rebecca Cheng | (516) 869-7794
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth has announced that the Town will be opening three warming centers in order to accommodate residents as substantial snowfall and well below freezing temperatures are expected in the next several days.
Snow Removal Efforts are Underway
The warming centers will be open beginning Thursday, January 2 at 12:00pm with closing hours dependent on the severity of the storm:
• Michael J. Tully Park Aquatic Activity Center, 1801 Evergreen Avenue, New Hyde Park
• “Yes We Can” Community Center, 141 Garden Street, Westbury
• Port Washington Senior Center, 80 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington
Transportation to the warming centers will be available to residents by calling 311 in the Town of North Hempstead or 516-869-6311 outside the Town. That number can also be used for any storm-related questions.
“I encourage residents to take every precaution to ensure their safety during what is expected to be a significant winter weather event,” Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth said. “Due to frigid temperatures, remaining outdoors for extended periods of time could be dangerous. I advise residents who need to take advantage of the warming centers, as well as transportation to these locations, to do so.”
Town staff will be on hand at the warming centers and hot beverages will be available.
Additionally, the Town’s Office of Emergency Management will be working in coordination with the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management to ensure proper safety measures are taken and communication with residents persists throughout the storm.
The Town's Highway Department began working at 5am on Thursday pretreating roads in advance of the pending snowstorm. Highway crews will continue to work throughout the day and night to clear all roadways until the storm ceases.
“Residents are asked to park in their driveways when possible to allow our Highway Department crews to remove snow off the roadways,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “If there are areas that are impassable, we urge residents to call 311 or (516) 869-6311, and report the area to a service representative.”