Weather Alert(2)!
"Wind Chill Advisory" ...Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect from 1 PM this afternoon to noon EST Sunday... * locations...New York City...Long Island and portions of northeastern New Jersey... * hazard types...dangerous wind chills. * Timing...coldest wind chills late tonight into early Sunday morning. * Wind chill...from 18 to 23 degrees below zero due to temperatures around zero...and northwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. * Cold impacts...the frigid conditions will be dangerous to those venturing outside. Prolonged exposure may cause frostbite. The combination of very low wind chills and frigid air temperatures have the potential to result in frozen pipes...frostbite and hypothermia. * Wind impacts...scattered tree limbs and branches downed. Isolated power outages. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Outdoor exposure should be limited. If you are heading outdoors... dress in layers and keep your hands and head covered to protect against frostbite Jmc , "Special Statement" ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 435 am EST Sat Feb 13 2016 ...Dangerously cold wind chills tonight into Sunday morning... * temperatures tonight into early Sunday morning will fall to zero to 3 degrees below zero in and around the New York City and New Jersey Metro...and Long Island...and coastal Connecticut. Temps will fall to 5 to 10 degrees below across interior portions of northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time are expected to reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 30 degrees below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens...with wind chills likely not rising above zero until mid to late afternoon. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Saturday Feb.13 16,02:12 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

American Red Cross Continues to Have an Urgent Need for Blood and Platelet Donations

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Thousands have answered the call to donate; additional eligible donors needed.

New York, NY - August 14, 2014 – The American Red Cross continues to have an urgent need for blood and platelet donations, even as thousands of people answered the urgent call to donate last month.

Through the end of July, the Red Cross saw an increase of approximately 7.5 percent in the number of donors coming to give blood, resulting in more than 11,800 additional donations beyond what was anticipated. Despite the increase, blood products are currently being distributed to hospitals as quickly as donations are coming in, maintaining the urgent need.

To prevent a shortage and ensure an adequate blood supply for patients the rest of the summer, the Red Cross especially needs platelet donors and those with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

“The Red Cross is grateful for those who stepped up to give this lifesaving gift and reminds eligible donors that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve,” said Kay Schwartz, CEO, New York-Penn Blood Services Region. “As summer draws to a close, you still have the chance to give hope to patients in need.”

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit the website or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities by county:

Nassau County:

  • East Meadow - 8/22/2014: 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM: Home Depot, 2000 Hempstead Turnpike
  • Franklin Square - 8/30/2014: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Christ Assembly of God, 47 Pacific Avenue
  • Island Park - 8/20/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Island Park Public Library, 176 Long Beach Rd
  • Mineola - 8/19/2014: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Nassau Count Dept. of Health, 200 County Seat Drive
  • Roslyn - 8/26/2014: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Rallye Mercedes Benz, 1600 Northern Blvd
  • Wantagh - 8/29/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Wantagh Champions Taekwondo, 1184 Wantagh Avenue
  • Westbury - 8/25/2014: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM: Rallye BMW Westbury, 1 Brush Hollow Road

Suffolk County:

  • Babylon - 8/20/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Robert Moses Parking Field 5, Robert Moses State Park
  • Islandia - 9/9/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Marriott, 3635 Express Drive North
  • Port Jefferson - 9/11/2014: 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM: Edna Louise Spear Elementary School, 500 Scraggy Hill Road
  • Riverhead - 8/28/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street
  • Smithtown - 8/23/2014: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Famous Daves, 716 Smithtown Bypass
  • Stony Brook - 9/3/2014: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Stony Brook Hospital, 101 Nicolls Rd- Health Sciences Center
  • West Babylon - 8/20/2014: 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM: Jones Beach State Park, 625 Belmont Ave

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit the website to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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