Huntington Supervisor Frank P. Petrone declared a state of emergency, effective at 5 p.m. Saturday to aid in emergency preparations.
Petrone also ordered the Town’s Emergency Operations Center to open at 5 p.m. on Sunday 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.
The declaration gives the supervisor the power to close roads, appropriate 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.
Refuse pickup scheduled for Monday and Tuesday is canceled. Residents are asked not to put out any refuse until their next pickup date.
Town parks and beaches will be closed, beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. The supervisor previously had canceled all programs and activities at Town facilities over that same time period.
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, 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.