County to Place Emergency Supply Trailer at No. 6 School

The OEM trailer at Number Six School. (Photo by Dov Herman)
The OEM trailer at Number Six School. (Photo by Dov Herman)

Nassau County will house a trailer filled with vital resources in case of an emergency in the parking lot of Number Six School in Woodmere.

The Office of Emergency Management’s Disaster Response and Relief Trailers are one of many protective measures being implemented by County Executive Edward Mangano since Hurricane Sandy devastated scores of South Shore communities last October, according to a press release.

“This allocation of resources is crucial to Nassau County's aggressively proactive approach to future natural and made-made disasters,” Mangano said. “Woodmere is the geographic center of the Five Towns, and adjacent to many of the areas in the Five Towns hardest hit during Hurricane Sandy. In the event of catastrophe, we anticipate having the Disaster Recovery and Relief Trailer in Woodmere will serve as an easy point of access for crucial recovery and relief resources.”

Each trailer is fully equipped with cots, blankets, linens and various hygiene supplies. The primary function of the trailer is to ensure the immediate availability to vital resources needed to provide first aid, shelter and hygiene to residents and first responders in the event of extreme weather events such as flooding or gale force winds, as well as fire, gas leaks, and various other incidents that may place area residents at risk.

In the event of an emergency, Nassau County OEM will have direct access to all trailers, which are deployed throughout the county. OEM made use of these trailers in the days and weeks following Hurricane Sandy.

Dov Herman September 24, 2013 at 06:58 AM
The project is a wonderful idea and will provide critical assistance to the area during an emergency. The number six school parking lot was flooded with 5 feet of water during Sandy and the area devastated. My question for OEM is , are these trailers watertight ?
tommy five September 24, 2013 at 09:50 AM
typical county planning
Jason September 24, 2013 at 10:50 AM
lol, this trailer would have floated away to Valley Stream during Sandy. Maybe pick a location a bit higher up??
Warren S. September 24, 2013 at 11:54 AM
What ridiculous criticism!!! If this is how you think, then why bother rebuilding flooded houses if it's only going to happen again?? Fortunately, the last time any hurricane on Long Island came close to causing the level of damage Sandy caused was in the 1920's. The trailer is in an area that gets hit every time we have some kind of serious storm. when you consider the odds of another Sandy type surge any time soon combined with the obvious benefits of storing these supplies nearby a simple cost benefit analysis suggests its better here than further away. Then again some people just like to complain so what's the use of making a logical argument??
Dov Herman September 24, 2013 at 12:35 PM
I spoke with the folks in the town and they explained how another storm surge like Sandy isn't expected In our lifetime but this trailer will be there to support the area which seems to get hit during serious storms . This trailer will be of tremendous benefit to our areas.
Geri Ellner Krim September 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Excuse me Warren, but I think the people who comment before you mean that the area flooded before the hurricane. You don't need a hurricane for the area to flood. It is similar to some streets on the south side of Peninsula Blvd.
Dov Herman September 24, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Perhaps Warren could have said it differently but I agree with his general analysis and benefits to the area.
Warren S. September 24, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Geri, that's the point. The area floods often, but thankfully, rarely to the level that would outweigh the benefits.
Geri Ellner Krim September 24, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Thank you Warren for clarifying.
Jason September 24, 2013 at 09:01 PM
Nobody is saying that the trailer isn't a good idea, it's a great idea. But that area floods out very easily, as it did during Sandy AND Irene. Woodmere Middle School would be a much better location, imho.
Jacob S. September 25, 2013 at 03:45 PM
I agree. If the purpose of it is to be prepared for another Sandy. Then there is no point in putting it in an area that will be flooded in another Sandy. why not designate storage areas on high ground to park the trailers there? What good are flooded supplies after a flood?


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