A Message from HWCLI’s Board Chair, Bob Detor

It is with mixed feelings that I write to announce Gwen O’Shea’s departure from the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island.

Fifteen years ago this month, Gwen O’Shea joined the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island. Ten years ago this year, she was selected as its President/CEO.  During her tenure, she expanded and diversified the organization’s revenue infrastructure.  She reshaped the organization’s governance structure, by-laws, and mission to achieve greater efficiency, transparency, and enhanced active community partnerships.

Gwen oversaw the establishment of the Unmet Needs Roundtable after the Economic Downturn in 2007/2008, Hurricane Irene and Superstorm Sandy.  This effort brought more than $10 million in financial support to Long Island individuals and families struggling with their disaster recovery.

During these responses and other initiatives, her work with community partners and government officials at the local, State and Federal level, ensured the voices and concerns of those most at-risk were heard.

I think anyone who has worked with Gwen has found her to be dedicated to the mission, professional and a tenacious advocate for Long Island’s most vulnerable and at-risk.

Gwen’s leadership has been a great benefit to this organization and, undeniably, she will be deeply missed here.

Gwen’s last day with the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island will be on Friday, March 24th.

We will begin the search for her replacement over the next few weeks. Please click here for a copy of the position profile.

On behalf of HWCLI’s Board of Directors, please join me in thanking Gwen for her caring service and wishing her all the best as she assumes her new position as President/CEO of CDCLI, a long-standing partner of HWCLI and a critical part of the Long Island community.

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 15-21)

The Northern Atlantic hurricane season, which spans from June 1 to November 30, is right around the corner, and the 2016 hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012 – the year that Superstorm Sandy hit Long Island.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) states that “it only takes one storm to change your life and community”, and so this week – Hurricane Preparedness Week – NOAA offers daily tips focusing on specific preparedness measures everyone should take.

Sunday, May 15: Determine your risk
Monday, May 16: Develop an evacuation plan
Tuesday, May 17: Secure an insurance check-up
Wednesday, May 18: Assemble disaster supplies
Thursday, May 19: Strengthen your home
Friday, May 20: Identify your trusted source of information for a hurricane event
Saturday, May 21: Complete your written hurricane plan

NOAA also offers pre-written text as well as images that you can share on your social media platforms. View them by clicking here. An example of their shareable content, “5 Things to Know About Hurricane Hazard Risks” is embedded below.

Additionally, PSEG Long Island’s Storm Center website provides additional information on how to prepare your home and family, how to prepare your business, severe weather tips, and more, which you can read by clicking here.


Oct. 15 deadline to request flood insurance review

Policyholders who submitted a flood insurance claim following Sandy have the opportunity to have their file reviewed if they feel that they were underpaid. FEMA reopened this review process after engineering firms were found to have altered or falsified documents to intentionally underpay policyholders.

The deadline to opt in to this process is tomorrow, October 15.

For more information, or to submit a request for a review, please click here.