ROCKVILLE CENTRE - County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) announced today that all residents who live south of Sunrise Highway from the Queens line to Rockville Centre must evacuate by 5 p.m. Saturday night as Hurricane Irene barrels toward Long Island. The same evacuation order goes for all residents who live south of Merrick Road all the way to the Nassau-Suffolk border.

The evacuation order also includes the mandatory evacuation of all residents on the North Shore of Nassau County that reside in low-lying areas and storm surge zones.  Low-lying is defined as 10-feet above sea-level or less.

Residents are being urged to utilize coastal evacuation routes, which include Peninsula Boulevard, Long Beach Road, the Meadowbrook Parkway and the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway.

Mangano pressed that residents should seek out friends or family for alternative sheltering before turning to public shelters. However, public shelters will be available at Nassau Community College, SUNY Farmingdale and Locust Valley High School.

Additional shelters that are currently open in Nassau County include North Shore High School in Glen Head, New Hyde Park High School, Plainview Middle School, Farmingdale High School, SUNY Old Westbury, Westbury High School, Gerald Claps Career and Tech Center in Levittown, Garden City High School, Glen Cove High School, Manhasset High School, Paul Schreiber High School in Port Washington, Mineola High School, Hicksville High School, McKenna Elementary School in Massapequa Park, John F Kennedy High School in Plainview, Sewanhaka High School in Floral Park, South High School in Great Neck and Weldon Howitt Middle School in Farmingdale.

Residents with pets can go to specialty shelters set up at the Town of North Hempstead Shelter in Port Washington and Bidaewee of Wantagh, which are now open, as well as Mitchell Park?s Field House which will open at noon on Saturday.

All residents throughout Nassau County should also tie down and secure all items outside their homes, as flying debris can be deadly.

All non-life threatening emergencies should be directed to the county?s special non-emergency hotline at 1-888-684-4274. Residents should only contact 911 if there is a life-threatening emergency.

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