Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano thanked several large corporations today for their assistance in aiding residents of the county following this week’s devastating hurricane.
Donations of critical supplies have been delivered to Nassau’s Bethpage command center thanks to the Arkansas-based Walmart. Items, including glucometers to test blood sugar in diabetics, hand sanitizer, tissues, paper towels, batteries and personal hygiene will be delivered from there to hurricane shelters throughout Nassau County.
County Executive Mangano said, “It is at times like this that you realize how important it is to have partners that can provide assistance when times are tough. These companies have stepped up to help without being asked to come to our aid. The devastation of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for months to come. People have been forced from their homes and don’t know when they will be able to return. They are living without power, heat, and the comforts of home. At least they will have some essentials to make this terrible situation a little less trying.”
Since Sunday, nine shelters operated by Nassau County and the American Red Cross have been opened to residents who were in need of assistance. They have been providing food and shelter to thousands of homeowners from throughout the county, especially those along coastal areas who fled the hurricane force floods and winds.
Walmart’s national office also delivered 15 cases of 25 pound dog food bags and 20 animal cages to the County’s pet shelter at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale. They also provided batteries for flashlight use at the shelters during temporary power outages.
Loews and Sam’s Club are among the other corporations coming to the aid of Nassau residents, many who have lost their homes or are unable to return due to flooding or wind damage, by donating items to those now staying at the evacuation shelters.
Long Island InfraGard, a public-private partnership of the FBI, and the National Retail Association are helping to coordinate the efforts.
For more information on hurricane recovery efforts, please visit www.nassaucountyny.gov/hurricane or follow Ed Mangano on Facebook and Twitter.
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