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TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT * 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 1-3 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: - http://scoem.suffolkcountyny.gov - https://weather.gov/nyc - https://ready.gov/hurricanes

A Critical Conversation

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How do you talk to your kids about drugs? That is a perplexing question that parents around the country are struggling with. Most will agree that it is a conversation that needs to be had. ...

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How do you talk to your kids about drugs? That is a perplexing question that parents around the country are struggling with. Most will agree that it is a conversation that needs to be had. However, how does one approach this critical question?


There is no uniform agreement on how to approach our children about the issue of drug and alcohol use, especially if you as a parent used illegal drugs when you were young. Let me suggest a couple of principles to consider when you talk to your children about any of life s delicate and complicated issues.


First and foremost, we must be honest when it comes to the facts of our lives. Lying, no matter how small, always comes back to cause greater difficulty, especially when it comes to your credibility. Remember the conversation isn t about you. It is about your child s safety and health. It is about empowering your child to make positive decisions in difficult social circumstances.


If you experimented or abused illegal substances in your youth, I think it s helpful to acknowledge that but it s not necessary to get into all the gory details. Most importantly to point out that as an adult, you realize the error of your ways. Sharing your history is purposeful, to help your son or daughter realize that you empathize with them regarding peer pressure and decision-making. The focus should not be on your poor decision-making in the past, but rather on them and helping them not to make the same mistakes you made.


As parents, you know your children. Use your good judgment in deciding what is appropriate or not appropriate to share. The important issue here is to create a climate of openness and realness so that your children will have the courage to share their experiences and to ask pointed questions.


In your effort to be honest and straightforward, do not give more information about your personal history than what is asked for. You are not on trial. It is not a courtroom, it s a conversation. There is nothing wrong with indicating that some questions make you uncomfortable and at this time you would prefer not to address them. Remind them that the focus of the conversation is about them. Don t beat around the bush. The bottom line is you don t want them to use illegal drugs of any kind in your house or with their friends. Explain why it s a problem. The obvious is it is illegal. Drugs are dangerous, expensive, unpredictable, and can be lethal. As parents, it is our responsibility to protect our children from dangerous social behaviors.


Before you talk to your children, take stock. You have lived your whole life in a culture where drugs and underage drinking are a fact of life; from the headlines on TV to the latest pop singer or celebrity going into a rehab to your own personal experiences. You have seen too many examples of how drugs and reckless drinking can change a person s life for the worse. The real opportunity here is to share your wisdom from experience.


Talk about peer pressure, and how hard it is at times to say no to poor social choices. Acknowledge the social pressure to fit in and feel accepted. Everyone makes mistakes, even we as parents have. Stress because of love, you cannot sit by and watch your son or daughter repeat a bad decision.


Be conscious not to sermonize or preach at your children. You want to be genuine and real and let them know that you are really afraid for them. It is really hard for you and for them to navigate life s complicated landscape.


Don t just talk. Listen. Probably your son or daughter s first reaction to this conversation will be silence! Try as hard as you can to make it a two-way conversation. Ask them what they think. Ask them if this is a subject that they talk to their friends about. What s their perspective on the illegal drug and illegal alcohol use? What do they think of all the athletes and other celebrities who use drugs? Keep asking the questions, but more importantly, wait to listen to their responses!


Whatever happens, try not to lose your temper and raise your voice. If you feel like you are losing your temper, try to catch yourself. There is nothing wrong with admitting that these conversations are difficult for you too. If it really seems that things are not going well and that people are shutting down, suggest postponing the conversation till another time. Don t be afraid to express to your children that you are sorry if this conversation made them feel awkward or uncomfortable. Let them know that you are willing to talk again in a few days. However, be clear that the conversation is not finished. Candidly, let them know that you would like ongoing conversations not just about drugs but also about other important life issues.


Be prepared that these life lesson conversations may not always play out as you have planned. You may be overwhelmed with what they express. You must be prepared to deal with it in a life-giving way, not in a punitive or dismissive way. Don t be shocked that you as the adult will probably learn something you didn t know; not only about your kids, but about our world and what our kids must deal with on a regular basis.


Let s be honest, these issues are hard to talk about on a good day. They are much more tender to address in the midst of a crisis or catastrophe. The time is now to face these difficult conversations. If you approach them with an open heart and open mind, they can truly be teachable moments for you and your children.


The illegal use of alcohol and drugs is spreading like wildfire across the country and our county. There is not a community that is not dealing with reckless and out-of-control social behavior among its young. Too many of our neighbors continue to minimize the seriousness of this social infection. There is not a group of high school students that are not wrestling with these issues. It is a serious issue among athletes, among honor students, among student leaders and among the fringe students. No clique of students is exempt from this epidemic.


When our children were born, we did not receive a parenting manual. Life has changed so radically in the past 15 years. As parents, we are dealing with so many other issues that complicate growing up. Although we have so many new social networking opportunities, we communicate less. We cannot put these conversations off. They are essential. They are about our children s future!