BETHPAGE - County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) has activated the county?s coastal storm plan today in preparation for Hurricane Irene.

Mangano is calling on residents of the barrier islands, including Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, Lido Beach and Point Lookout, to begin preparing for possible evacuations.

Mangano says he had spoken with emergency management officials, as well as with the National Weather Service, who say they believe Nassau may experience a direct impact from the storm.

The county says it is preparing public shelter locations at Nassau Community College, SUNY Farmingdale and Locust Valley High School. Nassau officials say they are also working closely with the Suffolk County Office of Emergency Management.

The county executive says residents throughout Nassau should pack prescription medications for at least a week, power supplies and a battery radio, and be prepared to leave on short notice.

Officials urge people to call 911 only if it is a life-threatening emergency. Non-emergency calls can be made to Nassau County at 1-888-684-4274.

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