Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano addressed over 300 electricians, plumbers and contractors from various unions and the Long Island Builders Institute in front of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management in Bethpage early as they assembled to assist residents throughout the county in the hard hit areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The program, which is known as STEP (Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power), is run by FEMA with Nassau County assisting their efforts with contractors.
While addressing the tradespeople, County Executive Mangano stated: “we are living through a traumatic time and it is important to provide hope to our residents many of whom have been living this nightmare for twenty days.”
Nassau County has set up a hotline for residents to call to participate in the STEP program. The number is 1-888-684-4267. Once the call is made a program administrator dispatches an assessment team, then an assessment is conducted and a scope of work is approved by the program administrator. Residents are then informed of the scope of work and provide approval. After that the contractor obtains any required permits, he or she then schedules works so that residents shelter more safely in their homes.
“Nassau County is devoting all its resources and working tirelessly to help our residents in need,” said County Executive Mangano. “I am proud of our county employees, plumbers, electricians and contractors that have stepped up to help our residents, especially when many of them are enduring difficulties as a result of Hurricane Sandy as well.”