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Parent Category: Citizen Services
Category: Public Safety Department
Hurricane Safety
To obtain a free copy of this brochure, contact the Town of Hempstead Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900.

Hurricane Safety

As no one can predict where or when a storm will hit, Hempstead Town's Department of Public Safety has compiled this brochure to prepare residents for weather emergencies. 

We have been working hard to restore our South Shore communities from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. Partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we have replenished our beaches and reconstructed our dune systems using sand dredged from Jones Inlet. We have planted beach grass to stabilize and preserve the fragile dunes, which protect coastal homes and businesses. An Army Corps of Engineers coastal protection project is underway that will further protect our beachfront. The project includes the construction of four new stone jetties and the reconstruction of three existing groins along Hempstead Town beaches.

While coastal neighborhoods remain particularly vulnerable during such storms, strong winds and torrential rain can impact areas further inland. This guide provides a pre-storm checklist and details essential items to have on hand for your home survival kit. Should an evacuation order be given, the guide outlines steps to take and provides information about coastal evacuations. Your safe and orderly evacuation during a hurricane or other emergency situation to a secure, well-provided shelter and your safe return home are our top priorities, 

Please review the information outlined below, in the event our township is threatened by a coastal storm or weather emergency. 

It's Time To Get Ready

Before The Storm

Home Survival Kit

What You Need

If You Have To Evacuate

What To Do

An evacuation order may come from local officials and/or the governor and will be broadcast by local radio, television stations and/or the Swift911 Emergency Notification System. Leave as soon as you are given an evacuation order. View the coastal evacuation routes established by Nassau County's Department of Emergency Management.

Coastal Evacuation Route
Follow the arrows
affixed to these
blue and white signs.


Turn off electricity, water and gas. Unplug major appliances. If you are not advised to evacuate, remain indoors. Note: Pets, alcoholic beverages and weapons will NOT be permitted inside Red Cross shelters.

Evacuation Supplies

If you are evacuating you should bring:

Caring for Pets in Emergency Situations

Do not leave pets behind if evacuating. Take pet carrier, leash, pet food, medications and vaccination records. You can shelter together with your pet at the Nassau Community College Physical Education Complex. Pets are not permitted inside Red Cross shelters.

Storm Facts

Hurricane Categories
Category Sustained Winds Damage Hurricane
1 74-95 mph Some to Moderate
2 96-110 mph Extensive
3 111-129 mph Devastating
4 130-156 mph Catastrophic
5 157 mph and higher Catastrophic


Be alert for tornadoes. Tornadoes can occur during a hurricane and after it passes over. Remain indoors, in the center of your home, on the lowest floor, in a door archway, bathroom or room without windows.

Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and go the other way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car and climb to higher ground.

One of the worst parts of a hurricane is the severe winds on all sides of the eye wall. If the eye wall passes over you, prepare for a repeat of severe winds from the opposite direction. Trees, shrubs, buildings and other things damaged by the first winds can be broken, destroyed or moved by the second winds.


Hurricane Safety
Important Phone Numbers and Websites

Do Not Call 911 For Hurricane Information
911 Is For Emergencies Only

American Red Cross of Long Island (516) 747-3500
PSEG Long Island
To Report an Outage
(800) 490-0025
(800) 490-0075
National Grid – Emergency Gas Service (800) 490-0045
National Grid - Service (800) 930-5003
Nassau County Department of Health (516) 227-9697
Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (516) 573-0636
Nassau County Non-Emergency Hotline (888) 684-4274
Nassau County Department of Public Works (516) 571-6900
NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (212) 867-7060
NYS Governor's Hurricane Helpline (888) 769-7243
NYS Dept. Environmental Conservation (800) 457-7362
NYS Attorney General's Office (price gouging) (800) 771-7755
Town of Hempstead Main Switchboard (After Hours) Supervisor's Helpline (Business Hours) Public Safety Water Department
After Hours and Weekends
(516) 489-5000
(516) 489-6000
(516) 538-1900
(516) 794-8300
(516) 794-8181
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (800) 621-3362
Nassau County SPCA Pet Safe Coalition, Inc. (516) 843-7722
National Hurricane Center
National Weather Service New York Forecast Office

Download a "How to Prepare for a Hurricane" brochure published by FEMA.
Printed from TOH.LI - The Official Web Site of the Town of Hempstead