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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: - - -

A+ Technology and Security Solutions Hosts 100 School Administrators at School Safety Forum

Long Island School Safety Forum hosted by A+ Technology and Security Solutions draws 100 school administrators and addresses security challenges as well as best practices.

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MELVILLE, NY; JANUARY 15, 2013 - In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy and string of threats to Long Island schools and students, nearly 100 administrators from K-12 schools, school districts and institutions of higher education recently attended the School Safety Forum: Transforming Our Schools, Violence Prevention and Crisis Planning, an educational program and luncheon that was hosted by A+ Technology and Security Solutions, a nationally respected leader in school security technology and systems.

"We hosted this event to discuss school security topics with local school administrators. These individuals are faced with a daunting task of protecting children, facilities and assets 24/7, 365 days each year. At this forum we discussed challenges and also outlined best school security practices. It was important for us to provide this information now as well as educate administrators about currently and future school security technology solutions," David Antar, President of A+ Technology and Security Solutions.

According to panelist and District Superintendent of Nassau BOCES, Dr. Thomas L. Rogers, "Despite financial obstacles and other challenges, security must be priority for schools and school districts. Forums like this help us learn what different districts are doing effectively and share ideas on what works. All individuals involved in education need to be vigilant and find effective ways to protect our students, faculty, staff and facilities."

The School Safety Forum event kicked off with a keynote address from former head of New York State homeland security Michael Balboni. Mr. Balboni discussed a number of pressing school and related security issues as well as the legislative process. The panel, moderated by Michel Richez, Director of Business Operations & Development of A+ Technology and Security Solutions and former Director of Technology and Information Services for Long Beach School District, included a discussion with Superintendent Nassau BOCES Dr. Tom Rogers, Superintendent of Connetquot Central School District’s Dr. Alan Groveman, retired NYPD detective sergeant and President of Covert Investigations school security consulting firm’s Don Flynn, and A+ Technology and Security Solutions President David Antar, all of whom presented strategies and addressed issues related to school security.

The discussion also included concerns related to Long Island school security and lessons learned from the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. Budgetary concerns, mental health and new school security technology were among the highlighted topics. Additionally, A+ Technology and Security Solutions provided a first-hand look at innovative school security ideas and approaches, providing demonstrations of the latest in technology. The company plans to host similar events on Long Island and in the New York region in coming months. For information, visit For event photos, click here.

A+ Technology and Security Solutions is the leading provider of IP Surveillance and Convergence for K-12 schools and school districts in New York State. The company designs, installs and offers Fusion Center - Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) solutions for a diverse client base which includes Fortune 500 companies, K-12 schools and government agencies. Company’s clients include ConEdison, Suffolk County Police Department, Yonkers Public Schools, Fordham University, Stony Brook University, Lockheed Martin, Brookhaven National Labs, FDNY, Panama Ports, MacArthur Airport, the United States Embassy in Honduras, and the United States Department of the Navy. A+ Technology and Security Solutions’ systems and solutions empower organizations to proactively mitigate security risks, while maximizing return on investment. Headquartered in Bay Shore, NY the company has research and development offices in Punta Gorda, FL. A+ Technology and Security Solutions continues to grow as a leader in IT, audio/visual, security and instructional technology and welcomes any visitors to its 18,000 square foot research and development facility in Bay Shore, NY.

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