With temperatures forecasted to dip into the teens this week, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino, and Councilmen Ed Ambrosino and Anthony D'Esposito are responding to the arctic blast with the offer of warmth and comfort at 16 warming centers in the Town of Hempstead on Thursday, December 15th and Friday, December 16th.
“I invite neighbors who don’t have enough heat to ‘warm up’ at one of the town’s 16 warming centers,” stated Santino. “Freezing temperatures can be dangerous for everyone, especially seniors, who may have a hard time regulating their body temperature and staying warm.”
The following locations will be open as warming centers from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (unless noted):
-- Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 North Grand Avenue, Baldwin
-- Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore
-- Cedarhurst Senior Center, 200 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst (open until 4:30 p.m.)
-- East Meadow Senior Center, 1485 Front Street, East Meadow
-- Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Road, Elmont
-- Hempstead Senior Center, 260 Clinton Street, Hempstead (open Friday only)
-- Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square
-- Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Road, Valley Stream
-- Levittown Senior Center, 555 Newbridge Road, Levittown
-- Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick
-- Oceanside Senior Center, 2900 Rockaway Ave., Oceanside
-- Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Turnpike, Roosevelt
-- Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive, Westbury
-- Uniondale/Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale
-- Uniondale/Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Avenue, Uniondale
-- Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Road, Wantagh
Santino also offered some tips to residents on how to stay safe during the cold temperatures and inclement winter weather.
- It’s important to wear a hat, dress in layers, stay hydrated and limited your exposure to the cold.
- Make sure you eat, which helps to keep your body warm.
- Keep moving, as exercise can generate body heat and keep you warm.
- Motorists should be sure to have an emergency kit in their vehicles, in the event they are stranded outdoors (kit should include blanket, medication, cell phone, emergency contact numbers, water).
“When venturing outdoors, take precautions to stay safe from the cold,” Ambrosino said. “Remember to wear hats, gloves and dress in layers. The risk of hypothermia and frostbite are real and very serious, ” added D'Esposito.
“We are eager to help our neighbors during this cold spell,” concluded Santino. “Our 16 senior centers offer a place to escape the frigid temperatures and enjoy a warm place to relax and socialize with other neighbors.”