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Keeping safe and how to help

by on November 3, 2012
Dear friends,We are struggling to get through this crisis – while it seems that once again, Queens is the city’s stepchild when it comes to delivering the goods. The weather is raw and another harsh storm is predicted for Wednesday. I’m pushing to get help, but we need to help.If you’re reading this, please continue reaching out to friends and neighbors, especially the elderly and young families. You can help prevent a tragedy in the coming days by being safety conscious.

Candles, lamps, portable gas stoves and heaters all create risks of fire or dangerous exhaust.

The NYC Poison Control Center (click here) says that

Carbon Monoxide poisoning is the most common

poison-related cause of hospitalization and death after hurricanes.

It is called the “silent killer” because it causes no odors or symptoms that signal a problem.

Exercise caution when using portable generators in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

  • Carefully follow the manufacturer’s safety instructions for portable generators.
  • Never use portable generators indoors, in garages or near open windows.
  • Do not siphon gasoline by mouth to fill a generator with fuel.
  • Use battery-operated (or battery-backup) carbon monoxide alarms. Be sure to test the batteries.


It’s a fire hazard and increases risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

If you experience sleepiness, dizziness, headaches, confusion, weakness or your carbon monoxide alarm sounds, immediately seek fresh air


212 – POISONS (764-7667) OR 911.


If you haven’t told Con Ed your power is out you must do so to. If you’re having trouble, call the office at 718-631-6703.

Call 311 or contact the Parks Department about tree issues. Call the office if you’re having trouble getting it done.


Many of us are pitching in by collecting canned foods and warm clothing but can’t get to where it’s needed. We’re keeping the District Office open extended hours whenever possible. Check social media.

Starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, 11/4 drop off at C.J. Sullivan’s at 213-10 41st Ave. next to the Bayside LIRR Station. Their number is 718-224-0060. Sullivan’s been sending truckloads of supplies to ravaged areas.  Thanks to Vallo Transportation of Whitestone for providing two busses.

You can drop off at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, located at

228-06 Northern Boulevard, just east of the Cross Island Pkwy.  during the following hours:

Sunday, 11/4 – from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Monday through Wednesday, 11/7 – from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please do not drop donations outside the building if it is closed.

Here are some other locations:

Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Northern Boulevard

Noon – to 5 p.m. daily.

Queens Center Mall

9015 Queens Boulevard

Elmhurst, NY 11373

Guest Services, Level 1 opposite Applebee’s

Thyme Natural Market & Cafe
8122 Lefferts Blvd.

Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Phone: 718-847-0535

For more information, call the District Office at 718-631-6703.


If you have suffered significant damage call the

FEMA hotline: 1-800-621-FEMA (621-3362)

Or click here

The whole world is watching how we treat each other. Now is the time to show what New Yorkers are made of.

Stay safe. We’re in this together.

Dan Halloran

Council Member Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) represents the 19th Council District, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Auburndale, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechhurst, College Point, Robinwood, Whitestone and parts of Flushing, Douglaston and Little Neck.

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