SECOND UPDATE, SATURDAY, 6 P.M.: The American Red Cross shelter at St. Joseph's College will be closing Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9 a.m. Those needing emergency housing may seek assistance and placement through a Suffolk County Department of Social Services representative at any of the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) (see list below), or by calling (877) 733–2767.
Distaster Recovery Centers are located at:
- H. Lee Dennison – 100 Vet’s Highway, Hauppauge
- Islip Town Annex – 400 Main Street, Islip
- Lindenhurst Public Library – 1 Lee Street, Lindenhurst
- Mastic Rec Center – 15 Herkimer St, Mastic
- Suffolk County Center – 300 Center Drive, Riverhead
UPDATE: St. Joseph's remains open as a Red Cross Shelter. All others in the county, besides Village Green Center in Huntington, have now closed. For those looking to volunteer, the Red Cross has planned daily distribution and feeding sites, including at MacArthur Airport, this weekend. Sign up to help here.
St. Joseph's College in Patchogue is now serving as a Red Cross shelter for evacuees from Hurricane Sandy.
The county--in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army-- has consolidated shelters set up after the storm as power outages are being restored.
"As outages are being addressed, and housing resources increasingly become available, the previously urgent need for multiple emergency shelters across the county is diminishing," a county release states.
More than 150 people were housed in the St. Joseph's gymnasium Tuesday night, according to Vanessa B. Streeter, a spokeswoman for County Executive Steve Bellone.
With a Nor'easter baring down on the area Wednesday, power outages may rack up once again.
The locations below are also open Wednesday as shelters (Do not call the centers directly. If you desire additional information please call the American Red Cross 1-877-733-2767)
North Babylon High School-1 Phelps Lane, North Babylon
Village Green Center-423 Park Ave., Huntington, NY
Sachem Central Teachers Association (Formally known as the Sachem Central District Office)-245 Union Ave., Holbrook, NY
William Floyd High School-240 Mastic Beach Rd., Mastic Beach, NY
Pet Friendly Shelter (Pets only)
North Babylon Fire Department-20 Hale Rd, North Babylon, NY