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Nassau County officials have issued mandatory evacuations for people living on Fire Island as parks, marinas and senior centers are also preparing to shut down. 

At the ferry terminal there's been a steady stream of homeowners going on and off the island all day long.  

All of them say they are taking this evacuation very seriously. 

Residents have until 2:00 p.m. Sunday, that's when everyone must evacuate Fire Island in Suffolk County due to Hurricane Sandy. 

With a mandatory evacuation looming, homeowners here have been busy boarding up, packing up and leaving their homes. 

"I think this does not look promising," said one resident making his way off the island. 

Most of the people that own homes on Fire Island, these are their vacation homes but about 300 people live on the island year round. 

Both Suffolk and Nassau Counties have already declared a State of Emergency.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano issued a Hurricane Preparedness Precautionary Alert to alert residents about the importance of having an "Emergency Go-Kit" and of having a family and friends sheltering plan in place.   

"Current models predict a storm surge will impact Long Island at record levels, more than Hurricane Irene," said Mangano. "We're asking our residents who live in the storm surge zones to make certain their family and friends sheltering plans are in place." 

But as much as these residents are planning they still fear their homes will be no match for Sandy's wrath.

"There's nothing we can do, it is what is," said another resident.

"Given our location as an island left vulnerable to the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island is susceptible to the powerful and destructive nature of hurricanes, which is why it is important for every Nassau County resident to be prepared for Hurricane Sandy," said County Executive Mangano. "Residents should take all Hurricane warnings seriously and have a plan in place for their family. Don't take any chances."  

Mangano also announced the closing of all county parks, marinas and senior centers starting Sunday at 5:00p.m. until further notice. Visiting hours at the Nassau County Correctional Center are canceled for Monday. 

Hurricane Preparedness Precautionary Alert info is as follows: 

Emergency Go-Kits should be kept by front doors in a duffel bag and include enough supplies for everyone in the household for five (5) days, including:  

  • First aid kit. Pack a "how to" guide as well.  
  • Essential prescription and nonprescription items and medical information.
  • Battery-powered flashlight and radio (or crank radio), extra batteries and a 12-hour glow stick.  
  • A change of clothes, plus rainwear, sturdy shoes and protective gloves for everyone.  
  • Personal items, eyeglasses and personal care items.  
  • Important documents in a waterproof container: drivers' licenses, wills, birth/marriage certificates, insurance policies, deed or lease papers, recent tax returns, credit card and bank account numbers, Social Security cards, Passport and Home inventory list. 
  • Make sure you have special items for infants, elderly persons, pets or loved ones with special needs.

Many residents consider their pets as family members. Make sure your pets are taken care of with a Pet Go-Kit, which should include:  

  • Your pets' names, address and phone number 
  • Your name, address, phone and cell number  
  • Emergency contact - friend or family  
  • Your veterinarian's name and contact info  
  • Important Documents 
  • Medical records : Medications : Specific Care instructions : Behavioral problems First aid kit / medications  
  • Current photos  
  • Sturdy leash, collar or harness, muzzles  
  • Paper towels for clean-up  
  • Food & Bottled Water (3 day supply)  
  • Manual can opener & Bowls  
  • Water purification tablets  
  • Toys and other comfort items  
  • Treats, brushes, combs
  • Newspapers and plastic

Enact the Family & Friends Sheltering Plan in the event you are asked to evacuate your home. If you are advised to evacuate, here's what to do:

  • Family & Friends Sheltering Plan is recommended for anyone who resides south of Sunrise Highway or north of Route 25A. You should contact a friend or family member that lives outside the zone & make arrangements as this provides the most comfortable way to weather a severe storm.  
  • Bring your Emergency Go-Kit  
  • Turn off all utilities  
  • Take your most reliable vehicle and avoid taking multiple vehicles that create gridlock  
  • Utilize evacuation routes listed at www.nassaucountyny.gov/hurricane
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