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TROPICAL STORM WARNING IN EFFECT A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm-force winds are expected somewhere within this area within the next 36 hours * LOCATIONS AFFECTED - Huntington - Smithtown - Port Jefferson * WIND - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Equivalent Tropical Storm force wind - Peak Wind Forecast: 40-50 mph with gusts to 70 mph - Window for Tropical Storm force winds: Tuesday afternoon until Tuesday evening - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for wind 58 to 73 mph - The wind threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for dangerous wind of equivalent strong tropical storm force. - PREPARE: Remaining efforts to protect life and property should be completed as soon as possible. Prepare for significant wind damage. - ACT: Move to safe shelter before the wind becomes hazardous. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Some damage to roofing and siding materials, along with damage to porches, awnings, carports, and sheds. A few buildings experiencing window, door, and garage door failures. Mobile homes damaged, especially if unanchored. Unsecured lightweight objects become dangerous projectiles. - Several large trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Several fences and roadway signs blown over. - Some roads impassable from large debris, and more within urban or heavily wooded places. A few bridges, causeways, and access routes impassable. - Scattered power and communications outages, but more prevalent in areas with above ground lines. * STORM SURGE - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: Localized storm surge possible - Peak Storm Surge Inundation: The potential for up to 2 feet above ground somewhere within surge prone areas - Window of concern: Tuesday afternoon until early Wednesday morning - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground - The storm surge threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Plan for storm surge flooding greater than 1 foot above ground. - PREPARE: Complete preparations for storm surge flooding, especially in low-lying vulnerable areas, before conditions become unsafe. - ACT: Leave immediately if evacuation orders are given for your area. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots, or in areas farther inland near where higher surge waters move ashore. - Sections of near shore roads and parking lots become overspread with surge water. Driving conditions dangerous in places where surge water covers the road. - Moderate beach erosion. Heavy surf also breaching dunes, mainly in usually vulnerable locations. Strong and frequent rip currents. - Minor to locally moderate damage to marinas, docks, boardwalks, and piers. A few small craft broken away from moorings. * FLOODING RAIN - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Peak Rainfall Amounts: Additional 1-3 inches, with locally higher amounts - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for moderate flooding rain - The flooding rain threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for moderate flooding from heavy rain. Evacuations and rescues are possible. - PREPARE: Consider protective actions if you are in an area vulnerable to flooding. - ACT: Heed any flood watches and warnings. Failure to take action may result in serious injury or loss of life. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Significant - Moderate rainfall flooding may prompt several evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may quickly become swollen with swifter currents and may overspill their banks in a few places, especially in usually vulnerable spots. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may overflow. - Flood waters can enter some structures or weaken foundations. Several places may experience expanded areas of rapid inundation at underpasses, low lying spots, and poor drainage areas. Some streets and parking lots take on moving water as storm drains and retention ponds overflow. Driving conditions become hazardous. Some road and bridge closures. * TORNADO - LATEST LOCAL FORECAST: - Situation is somewhat favorable for tornadoes - THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY THAT INCLUDES TYPICAL FORECAST UNCERTAINTY IN TRACK, SIZE AND INTENSITY: Potential for a few tornadoes - The tornado threat has remained nearly steady from the previous assessment. - PLAN: Emergency plans should include the potential for a few tornadoes. - PREPARE: If your shelter is particularly vulnerable to tornadoes, prepare to relocate to safe shelter before hazardous weather arrives. - ACT: If a tornado warning is issued, be ready to shelter quickly. - POTENTIAL IMPACTS: Limited - The occurrence of isolated tornadoes can hinder the execution of emergency plans during tropical events. - A few places may experience tornado damage, along with power and communications disruptions. - Locations could realize roofs peeled off buildings, chimneys toppled, mobile homes pushed off foundations or overturned, large tree tops and branches snapped off, shallow rooted trees knocked over, moving vehicles blown off roads, and small boats pulled from moorings. * FOR MORE INFORMATION: - - -


Newly combined behavioral health agency to provide expanded, enhanced services to Long Island residents

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HUNTINGTON, NY - January 9, 2012 -Family Service League (FSL), one of Long Island's largest non-profit human services agencies, and Family Counseling Services, a multi-service agency providing comprehensive behavioral health services in Eastern Long Island, today announced that the two organizations have merged operations. The integration of these two leading social service providers significantly expands the availability and depth of behavioral health and related services across Suffolk County, especially to residents of Brookhaven, East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold.

Family Counseling Services, headquartered in Westhampton Beach, provides assistance to over 6,000 individuals and families across Long Island's East End. Services include treatment and prevention of substance abuse, depression and anxiety, and treatment and advocacy for families affected by autism spectrum disorders. The agency, founded in 1971, has satellite offices in East Yaphank and Shirley.

Huntington-based Family Service League, established in 1926, serves 47,000 people annually with programs for mental health, substance abuse treatment and prevention, housing and homelessness, vocational services, family and senior citizen support services, and at-risk youth. In addition, FSL operates pre-school learning centers, a universal pre-K program and Suffolk County's only Community School, located in the Brentwood Union Free School District. In all, FSL operates 43 programs at 15 locations in Suffolk County, including five Family Centers in Huntington, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, East Yaphank and Riverhead.

"This merger brings together two dynamic organizations that are well positioned to meet the continually increasing demand for a broad spectrum of behavioral health programs and social services for individuals and families in crisis," said Barbara Page, Chairwoman of the Board of Family Service League. "The addition of Family Counseling Services' experienced board members further strengthens and expands Family Service League's ability to provide a critical safety net for people who often have nowhere else to turn for help."

"Both organizations have a shared mission and demonstrated record of success in delivering quality services through professional, dedicated staffs and highly effective programming," said Scott J. Skorobohaty, recent Chairman of the Board, Family Counseling Services. "Drawing on 125 years of collective experience in helping individuals and families in crisis, the combined organization will provide even greater service and support to those who need us the most."

Karen Boorshtein, LCSW, President and CEO of FSL, will head the merged organization, which will operate under the Family Service League banner. Family Counseling Services will operate as a division of FSL. Judith Margolis, LCSW, will continue as a key member of this combined agency. In its most recent IRS annual filing, FSL reported total program revenue of $26 million for the year 2010, with Family Counseling Services reporting $2.3 million in the same period.

"FSL will maintain a strong commitment to the Westhampton community, where FCS has benefited from the generous support of loyal donors for many years. This will continue to be a high priority for us going forward," Ms. Boorshtein said.

About Family Counseling Services
Family Counseling Services ( is a licensed, non-profit, non-sectarian agency serving Eastern Long Island. Established in 1971, it is a community-based, United Way agency providing treatment, prevention, education, crisis intervention and supportive services at its main office in Westhampton Beach and its two satellite offices in Shirley and E. Yaphank, as well as several school-based mental health satellites. The agency serves over 6,000 individuals and families in need of mental health counseling annually.

About Family Service League:
Family Service League (FSL), founded in 1926, is a not-for-profit, community-based human services agency assisting more than 47,000 people each year. FSL serves individuals from infancy through the senior years and families, and offers 43 programs in 15 locations. Family Service League has five Family Centers - located in Huntington, Huntington Station, Bay Shore, East Yaphank, and Riverhead - where families can receive assistance to address a broad range of needs. Other program sites are located throughout Long Island from Huntington to Greenport to East Hampton. FSL is credentialed by the Council on Accreditation for Children and Family Services (COA) for meeting the highest standards of best practice for individuals and families. For more information, call 631.427.3700 or visit the Family Service League web site at