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From The Mayor’s Desk: August 23, 2012

Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season is here. Last year, Hurricane Irene caused major damage not only in Glen Cove but all across Long Island. In the event that we might experience another hurricane, it is important to become familiar with the basic recommendations in case such an emergency occurs. Each household should contain emergency supplies such as canned food and bottled water, a battery-operated or manual can opener, flashlights and extra batteries, portable battery-operated radios, all your essential medicines, a first aid kit, and cash and credit cards, which should be secured. If a hurricane is predicted to hit our area, residents are advised to prepare by trimming dead branches from trees, fueling up your vehicles, securing valuable items above floor level in waterproof containers, bringing any loose outdoor items, such as lawn furniture, indoors and checking on elderly neighbors to help them prepare.

During the storm you should listen constantly to radio or television for official instructions. If you are instructed by officials to evacuate, you must leave. While staying in your home, keep away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles and cooking utensils. Keep flashlights and battery-operated lanterns handy. If electricity is lost, call LIPA immediately at 1-800-490-0025 to report the outage.

If you or a member of your family relies on any life-support equipment such as an oxygen concentrator, apnea monitor, or other devices it is important that you file a medical certificate with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) under the Critical Care Program. So, if an outage does occur, they will make every effort to restore your electricity as quickly as possible during a severe storm. For additional information on this or any other program, visit www.lipower.org.

By following these simple instructions you will be able to provide the essentials for your family until help arrives. For more tips visit www.fema.gov/areyouready or www.ready.gov.

Support The Glen Cove Kickline Car Wash Fundraiser

The Glen Cove High School Kickline Team is hosting their Car Wash Fundraiser this Sunday, August 26 from 12-4 p.m. at the Finley Middle School horseshoe on Forest Avenue. Be a sport, and donate to this fantastic team to help them raise money for uniforms, spirit wear and miscellaneous expenses. Make the time, make your car shine and help this dedicated team get the support they really need!

Glen Cove’s Emergency Notification System

Glen Cove’s Emergency Notification System is a computerized high-speed telephone calling system that enables the City of Glen Cove to quickly notify you in the event of an emergency. This system provides the city with a list of current published telephone numbers for all commercial and residential properties. However, unlisted telephone numbers, cellular telephone numbers, beeper and email addresses that you may prefer as your first point of contact are not included in the system.

In a continuing effort to update and enhance our Emergency Notification System, I ask that you take a few moments to provide us with your current information so that, in the event of an emergency, the city can notify you and keep you informed. Contact information forms are available in City Hall and at the Glen Cove Police Department. If you prefer, you may update your information online by logging on to www.glencove-li.us and click on Glen Cove Emergency Notifications.

Help us help you by responding with your current information and help spread the word by telling your family, friends and neighbors to do the same.

Mayor’s Annual Snapper Derby

The Snapper Derby was a success this past weekend with 79 children participating. Many thanks go out to all of the volunteers from the Matinecock Rod & Gun Club and the Angler’s Club in addition to the chairman, Tom Manzione, for organizing this annual event. Thanks to all of this years’ sponsors who contributed towards the prizes, food and T-shirts and at last to the kids and their families in attendance whose smiles and spirit made it all worthwhile.

Enjoy the remainder of the summer as the start of school is fast approaching!