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Red Cross Close Two Shelters, Move to Food Distribution

Suffolk Executive Steve Bellone announced food centers and charging stations coming Thursday.

The American Red Cross shelter at Whitman High School in Huntington Station was serene Wednesday as Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone stopped in to greet the staff. 

It was lunch time and volunteers from as far afield as Michigan and Texas served the approximately 40 evacuees still staying in the high school gym. Bellone used the moment to transition the Red Cross effort to the next phase, two days after Hurricane Sandy swept through Long Island. 

“We are in the process of phasing out shelters, but it will be on an as-needed basis,” Bellone said. “It’s getting cooler outside and depending on the length of this recovery effort and depending on the weather, the need for shelter space could go on for an extended period.”

Bellone said shelters in Riverhead and Hampton Bays closed Wednesday.

John Miller, Chief Executive Officer for Long Island Red Cross, said the organization housed 2,000 people in 20 shelters throughout Long Island during the height of the storm. He said nearly 1,700 are still in shelters.

The Red Cross and county will make the evaluation on the next step.

Starting Thursday, the Red Cross will set up meal distribution centers in Suffolk, at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge and the Riverhead County Center in Riverhead.

And for those without power, county-run charging stations will also open Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at three locations: Dennison Building in Hauppauge, Riverhead County Center and Suffolk County offices, C14 in Yaphank.

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Melissa Gibbons November 01, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Is the east hampton high school shelter closing???? There are several people who need to know
Stephen Lamade November 01, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I'm driving out to East Northport this afternoon. Does anyone know if automobile gas is as hard to come by as it is in other places in Long Island?
The Voice of NY Harbor November 01, 2012 at 06:06 PM
There are two gas stations on Larkfield / Pulaski that had gas this morning. Long lines in the afternoon probably.
Marilyn Cunningham November 02, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Good luck and thoughts to EMS serving there. Heard there are some rom WV there.
Southerner November 03, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Wondering how long landline phone service will be affected. We haven't been able to reach a relative in Huntington Station since the storm. There are other family around so we're aren't too concerned about her safety but would like to be able to get a phone call through.

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