Chelsea IrizarrySep 7, 2017, 8:50 pmSep 7, 2017, 9:20 pm

Oyster Bay residents pack essentials for Hurricane Harvey victims

Town officials take opportunity to also remind community members to always be prepared for storms

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While many evacuate Florida as that state waits for Irma, Texas is still cleaning up from Hurricane Harvey.

On Thursday, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino helped pack donated essential items into three trucks to be delivered to Island Harvest which will be sent to the victims in Texas.

“There is a continued need for non-perishable items, cleaning supplies, toiletries and the kinds of items you see here, from pet food to bottled water,” Saladino said.

The collection drive is being held until the Sept. 11, but that date may be pushed back since hurricane season is in full swing, with the latest threat being Irma.

“We're going to be helping Americans in Texas, Florida and throughout the coast, because we understand the devastation of a storm," Saladino said.

Images of Harvey's destruction hit home for many on Long Island, including the Town of Oyster Bay.

With hurricane season in its prime, and the five-year anniversary with Superstorm Sandy weeks away, both Town Councilman Louis B. Imbroto and Saladino say now is the time to recommit to "hurricane preparedness."

"Being prepared is the most important step that you can take to ensure the safety of yourself and your family,” Town Councilman Imbroto said.

Saladino and Imbroto are hosting a free hurricane preparedness symposium on Monday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Massapequa Fire Department.

“The topics we'll be covering at our hurricane seminar include understanding and forecasting, and responding to the risk, myths, and misconceptions about hurricanes," Saladino said.

Hurricane safety information is also available on the Town of Oyster Bay's website and Facebook page.

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