Hotline for Post-Sandy Environmental Hazards

A new hotline addresses potential environmental health hazards associated withHurricane Sandy and its aftermath. Open to North Shore-LIJ Health Systememployees and Nassau County residents, calls to 855-473-6399 go directly to the North Shore-LIJ Department of Population Health, with inquiries addressed by environmental health experts. Hotline hours are 9 a.m. to 5p.m., Monday through Friday; messages left when the hotline is closed are returned the next business day.

Environmental hazards due to Hurricane Sandy flooding and damage or post-storm renovations may include:

  • asbestos;
  • pesticides;
  • mold;
  • lead;
  • sewage;
  • water with undetermined contamination;
  • carbon monoxide;
  • chemicals such as solvents and paint thinners; and
  • heating fuels such as gasoline, oil and kerosene.

The hotline provides information about such exposure hazards and, if needed, physician referrals.

The service is a partnership of North Shore-LIJ’s Department of Population Health and Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center with the Nassau County Department of Health. The hotline cannot assist with environmental or medical emergencies.

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