In expectation of Huntington feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy, Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone declared a state of emergency, effective at 5 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012, to aid in emergency preparations.
Supervisor Petrone also ordered the Town’s Emergency Operations Center to open at 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, to help coordinate communications among Town departments and fire and rescue services. Representatives from several Town departments with key emergency responsibilities were told to report to the Center, in the Town’s general services facility on Pulaski Road in Huntington Station.
Under a state of emergency, the Supervisor has the power to close roads, appropriate necessary equipment from all sources and make necessary purchases without following the usual procedures. The declaration also makes available to the Highway Department Town equipment and personnel to assist Highway Department crews.
The Supervisor cancelled refuse pickup for Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30. Residents are asked not to put out any refuse until their next pickup date.
The Supervisor also said that Town parks and beaches will be closed, beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday October 28 through Tuesday October 30. The Supervisor previously had cancelled all programs and activities at Town facilities over that same time period.
Supervisor Petrone advised residents to check the Town’s website, http://huntingtonny.gov, the Town’s Facebook page or government access channels 18 (Cablevision) and 38 (FIOS) for updates. Once the Emergency Operations Center opens at 5 p.m. Sunday, October 28, anyone needing to contact the Town for emergencies can call 271-6573. They can call the highway hotline at 499-0444 to report downed trees. Power outages should be reported to LIPA at 800-490-0075.