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Hurricane Sandy assistance resources

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Department of Human Resources has compiled the following list of resources for those in need of assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

As Long Island communities remain in recovery mode, please consider carpooling and using public transportation. CSHL will operate shuttle service based on train schedules.

Local Community Resources:

Community Resource Database of Long Island is a searchable database for Long Island resources, with live assistance between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

WBLI music station frequently updates a list of open stores, where to buy ice, food, gas, and find cell phone charging stations as well as complete listing of Sandy Emergency Resources


Long Island Cares: For a complete list of food pantries and soup kitchens across Long Island 631-582-FOOD

Salvation Army Greater New York Division: Free packaged meals and drinking water in specific locations. Locations change daily. Check website or Facebook page.

Mobile Meals Distribution Centers in Suffolk County open at 11am for lunch and 4pm for dinner:

  • Mastic Fire Dept: 1080 Mastic Road in Mastic
  • Suffolk County Community College: 121 Speonk-Riverhead Road, Riverhead
  • H. Lee Dennison Building: 100 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge
  • Long Island Council of Churches — locations offering food & clothing

1644 Denton Green, Hempstead, NY 11550
Tel: 516-565-0290 • Fax: 516-565-0291 • Email:

407 Osborne Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
Tel: 631-727-2210 • Email:

450 N. Main Street, Freeport, NY 11520
Tel: 516-868-4989 • Email:


Housing/Shelters & Additional Resources: (or call 311)

Red Cross: Nassau County: (516) 747-3500

Red Cross: Suffolk County: (631) 924-6700


LIPA Storm Center:

Report an outage: (800) 490-0075 or (631) 755-6900

In Case of Emergency:

National Grid:

Gas Emergencies:

Long Island: (800) 490-0045
Customer Support:
Long Island: (800) 930-5003 (Tri-state area) • (631) 755-6200
Hearing/Speech-Impaired: (631) 755-6660

Suffolk County Water Authority (SCWA):
Customer Service: (631) 698-9500
Hearing Impaired/TTY: (631) 589-5210
After Hours Emergency: (631) 665-0663

Code Red Emergency Notification System:

Government Resources:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): (800) 480-2520

Written by: Public Affairs | | 516-367-8455

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Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has shaped contemporary biomedical research and education with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology and quantitative biology. Home to eight Nobel Prize winners, the private, not-for-profit Laboratory employs 1,100 people including 600 scientists, students and technicians. The Meetings & Courses Program annually hosts more than 12,000 scientists. The Laboratory’s education arm also includes an academic publishing house, a graduate school and the DNA Learning Center with programs for middle and high school students and teachers. For more information, visit