Hurricane Sandy: Community “Warming Center”

St. Anne’s Washingtonville to Open Community “Warming Center”
in Response to Hurricane Sandy and Extended Utility Outages as Temperatures Drop



St. Anne’s Episcopal Church  in Washingtonville will open a Community “Warming Center” beginning  this Saturday November 3 at 6:00pm in response to extended utility outages related to Hurricane Sandy and expected cold temperatures.  The Warming Center will be open afternoons and evenings into next week as needs require.

Falling temperatures, ongoing  utility outages and disrupted communication are part of a second wave of needs from Hurricane Sandy in Orange County and the Hudson Valley.

The Warming Center offers cell phone and laptop recharging, hot beverages, recreation facilities for families and seniors, including board games, videos, books and quiet space.

Hour are:

Saturday 11/3                           6:00 - 9:00pm

Sunday 11/4                              4:00 - 9:00pm

Monday 11/5-Friday 11/9       1:00 – 9:00pm


As of Thursday, an estimated 40% of Orange County residents remained without electricity.  For many, this means no heat.  Temperatures are expected to drop into the 30s this weekend and the 20s next week.  Homes that have been without heat for a few days will continue to lose stored warmth.  Falling temperatures will accelerate this.

For others, Hurricane Sandy and continuing utility outages may mean limited communication, such as telephone, email, internet and the ability to recharge cell phone batteries and laptop computers to stay in touch with family, neighbors and work.

“People need warmth, light and community.  Opening the church building as a Warming Center is a small, practical way to share that with our  neighbors.” said Rev. Bob Fitzpatrick, Pastor.


For More Information, contact:
St. Anne’s Episcopal Church

179 E. Main St.

Washingtonville, NY 10992

(845) 496-3961