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    The current track of Hurricane Earl has resulted in a tropical storm watch for Nassau County and a tropical storm warning for Suffolk County.

    Here are some preparations you may want to take in case heavy rains and wind affect our area:

    * Make sure flashlights and radios have batteries. Have extra batteries on hand as well.

    * Make sure your car has gas. Gas pumps may not operate if power goes down.

    * Have cash on hand. ATMs and credit or debit card machines may not be functioning if power is lost.

    * Have a three day supply of water and non-perishable, easy to prepare food (1 gallon of water per person, per day)

    * Have copies of important papers readily available, such as your insurance policies.

    * Have a camera to take pictures of any damage.            

    * Store or secure outside items such as patio furniture or chairs, to keep them from blowing away and causing damage.




    * Nassau County Red Cross: 516-747-3500

    * Nassau County Office of Emergency Management: 516-573-0636

    * Suffolk County Red Cross: 631-924-6700, 631-924-6911 (24 hour emergency number)

    * Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management: 631-852-4900

    * LIPA: 1-800-490-0075 (to report downed power lines or electrical emergency)

    * National Grid: 1-800-490-0045 (emergency gas safety service)

    * Freeport Electric: 516-378-0146 (emergency)