Island Harvest Food Bank today announced the activation of its emergency response protocols due to the severe weather forecasted throughout the region for the next 24-48 hours. The organization has stockpiles of bottled water and MREs (meals, ready to eat) at its Hauppauge Distribution Center. The product is ready to be distributed to areas impacted by the storm, should the need arise. Island Harvest will also maintain drivers and staff to deliver the supplies if needed, and to assist first responders in affected areas with food, water and other vital supplies.
Heavy rains, high winds and a high surf advisory are predicted for Long Island, along with the probability of flooding in coastal and low-lying areas due to the expectation of a significant amount of rainfall throughout the weekend. Island Harvest will remain in contact with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Red Cross, and the emergency management offices of both Nassau and Suffolk counties, and the Long Island Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster (LIVOAD) throughout the weekend. The organization is also in communications with Feeding America, a national network of food banks; in the event aid and assistance is required in other parts of the east coast also facing severe storm conditions due to Hurricane Joaquin.
Island Harvest also advises that its regularly scheduled distribution of food to its member agencies across Long Island on Monday will commence as usual. Agencies will be notified of any changes, should they occur, or can contact Island Harvest at 516-294-8528, extension 117. Island Harvest will issue updates accordingly and as necessary. For more information visit www.islandharvest.org, or call 631-873-4775.