FEMA sets up shop in Lake Success

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is setting up shop in Lake Success, renting out a 50,000 square foot warehouse to store supplies for its Hurricane Sandy relief operations.

“Working closely with the ownership, [The U.S. General Services Administration] and FEMA, we were able to respond swiftly and completed the lease in just a few days,” according to Paul Leone, a spokesperson for CBRE, the real estate group that arranged the lease. “This timing was ideal for FEMA and shows ownership’s ability to react quickly to the agency’s space requirements.”

The warehouse, which is located at 2,500 Marcus Avenue, is a mixed use condominium and warehouse complex owned by Nassimi Realty. 

CBRE said in a press release that the location of the warehouse is ideal for supply distribution because of its proximity to both the Long Island Expressway and Northern State Parkway.

According to FEMA spokesperson John Mills, the warehouse will store equipment for setting up field offices, commodities, tables, chairs other supplies to carry out operations.

“The equipment is used to provide rapid assistance to disaster survivors,” Mills said.

FEMA has approved more than $1 billion in aid so far for Sandy victims, and more than 500,000 people have registered for assistance, according to FEMA’s web site.

The agency is tasked with providing money for disaster assistance to victims, including funds for temporary housing and home repairs.

FEMA has also stocked relief supplies, including food, water, generators and blankets, in addition to providing financial support.

The warehouse is just south of the Northern State Parkway, on the border of Lake Success and North New Hyde Park.

Village of Lake Success Mayor Ronald Cooper said he was not aware of the deal, but when told of the arrangement said he was pleased.

“I think it’s terrific,” Cooper said.

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