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"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday... The National Weather Service in Upton has issued a coastal Flood Advisory...which is in effect from 6 am to 10 am EST Monday. * Locations...low lying areas along western Long Island Sound. * Tidal departures...2 to 3 ft above astronomical tides in the morning. * Timing...minor coastal flooding around the times of astronomical high tide. * Impacts...minor flooding along portions of the immediate coastline. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...Western l.I. Sound water levels for Monday morning... Coastal............time of......forecast total......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level........category.. ...................................(Mllw/mhhw)................ Kings Point NY.......827 am......9.6-10.0/1.8-2.2....none....... Stamford CT..........749 am......9.4.9.8/1.6-2.0.....Minor...... Bridgeport CT........746 am......8.8-9.2/1.5-1.9.....Minor...... New Haven CT.........745 am......8.2-8.6/1.5-1.9.....None....... Old Field NY.........748 am......8.6-9.0/1.3-1.7.....None....... Glen Cove NY.........822 am......9.2-9.8/1.6-1.9.....None....... , "High Wind Warning" ...High Wind Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds...northeast 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 70 mph. * Timing...winds could begin gusting as high as 45 mph just before daybreak Monday. The strongest winds are expected Monday afternoon and evening. * High wind impacts...damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Numerous power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult...especially for high profile vehicles and on elevated roadway and bridges. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage. , "Marine Fog Advisory, Storm Warning" ...Dense fog advisory now in effect until 6 PM EST this evening... ...Storm Warning remains in effect from 1 am Monday to 1 am EST Tuesday... * winds and seas...northeast winds 25 to 35 kt with gusts up to 60 kt. Seas 6 to 11 feet. * Visibility...1 nm or less this morning. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Storm Warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 kt are expected or occurring. Recreational boaters should remain in port...or take shelter until winds and waves subside. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions...and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside. A dense fog advisory means visibilities will frequently be reduced to less than one mile. Inexperienced mariners... especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. -- Sunday Jan.22 17,03:00 PM

Getting Kids Ready for Camp This Summer

Now that it is officially summer, it is time to get the kids ready for camp! Check out our tips to preparing your kids for camp.

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Camp is a big part of of many kids summers. Luckily, in addition to having many great camps on the island, there are different camps that kids go to over the summer and different ways to prepare for each camp your kids are going to. 

The types of camps that kids can go to can be simply day camp where they come home everyday and sleep away camps where they go away for a few weeks. Both camps have their positives and negatives, ultimately, it is up to your schedule and your kid's comfort level which camp they decide to go to.

Either way, day or sleep away, there are many ways to prepare kids for camp to ensure they have a safe and fun time. So check out out tips to preparing your kids for camp:

  • Sunscreen: Kids are going to be out in the sun and need plenty of sunscreen. For sleep away, be sure to have your child pack multiple bottles to last.
  • Sunglasses: Eyes are just as important as skin and need to be properly protected.
  • Water/Sports Drinks: Hydration is very important with all the activities kids will have, so make sure they have plenty of water bottles and/or sports drinks with electrolytes. Avoid too many sugary drinks since those drinks do not hydrate.
  • Medication/Allergies: Make sure you let the camps know about any medication or allergies your child may have. Do not keep these secret or private from the camps. Although your child maybe responsible and take care of their medication themselves, this is advice meant to help in the unlikely event of an emergency.
  • Label All Belongings: Clothing, electronics, bags, and everything you bring to camp need to be labeled. There are a lot of children that go to camp with similar items, so, to avoid lost or stolen items, writing your child's name and maybe phone/bunk/address on it will ensure you will return home with everything.
  • Leave Expensive Items at Home: Electronics are generally not allowed at many camps and having them might make them a victim to theft or losing the items. At sleep away camps, electronic use and cellphone use is prohibited as to have children focus on their activities rather than their devices. Expensive jewelry and clothes should be left home as well.
  • Camp Clothes: Kids are going to be active. Clothes should be made of a breathable fabric and not too clingy. Additionally, expensive clothes are unnecessary and should be left home to ensure the clothes go not get ruined.
  • Stationary: Particularly at sleep away camp, kids will not be on the phone with their parents, but letter are allowed. Be sure to give kids plenty of stationary and stamps so they can write letter to you and other members of their family.
  • Pictures: Your kids are going to miss you if they are going away, so pack a few pictures of the family to help them deal with the transition of being away from home.
  • Money: For both day and sleep away camps, ensure that your child has money for trips. Do not give them too much and avoid giving them credit/debit cards unless they can be adjusted and loaded by you. If those cards go missing or get stolen, you want to ensure, particularly if a travel camp, there is only a small amount of money available a theft can get their hands on.

How do you and your kids prepare for camp? Your child going to the Long Island camp? Tell us in the comments below!