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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: - http://scoem.suffolkcountyny.gov - https://weather.gov/nyc - https://ready.gov/hurricanes

Hampton Bays Middle School Named One of U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools

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On April 23, 2012, Hampton Bays Middle School was named a top green school by the U.S. Department of Education when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy ...

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On April 23, 2012, Hampton Bays Middle School was named a top green school by the U.S. Department of Education when Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson to announce the inaugural list of 78 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools.

Launched in the fall of 2011, the Green Ribbon Schools program was created by the ED, the EPA and the White House to acknowledge the work of schools in reaching high levels of achievement in environmental impact and energy efficiency, healthy school environment and environmental literacy. It is the first comprehensive green schools program by the federal government.

The $42-million, 146,400 square-foot Hampton Bays Middle School, designed by Patchogue-based BBS Architects & Engineers, was one of only three schools nominated for the prestigious award by New York State Commissioner of Education John B. King from nearly 30 submissions statewide (schools must be nominated by their state chief education officer and cannot apply directly to the ED).

“We are very proud of the White House, EPA and the U.S. Department of Education’s recognition of our project as one of the leading green schools in the nation,” Roger Smith, BBS president and principal architect, said. “The innovative, healthy and environmentally responsible Hampton Bays Middle School is the result of a very close collaboration among the local community, parents, Hampton Bays Union Free School District and the design team. It was the Long Island community’s commitment to sustainable development that resulted in this remarkable, national accolade for a local Suffolk County school.”

Hampton Bays Middle School also received the LEED NC 2.1 Silver rating, based on 36 awarded LEED points. It was the first public school in New York State to receive any LEED certification. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 2000, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a nationally and internationally recognized independent review system that verifies that a building, home or community was designed and built using strategies to achieve high performance in several key areas: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

The school is also the first CHPS-certified school in New York State. CHPS, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, is a national organization that promotes the design and operation of healthy and resource-efficient educational facilities.

"I applaud Hampton Bays Middle School for earning national recognition as a leader in environmental education and energy conservation; the community should be very proud," said Congressman Tim Bishop when he announced the school’s recognition by the U.S. -Department of Education on April 23, 2012. "This outstanding institution is a model for schools around the country in terms of educating students about the importance of sustainability and putting those lessons into practice every day."

The Green Ribbon Schools program is part of a larger ED effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices proven to result in improved student engagement, academic achievement, graduation rates, and workforce preparedness, as well as a government-wide aim to increase energy independence and economic security.

ED officials believe that healthy behaviors, environmental education and green facilities are just as important to individual students as they are to the nation. Student and staff attendance, productivity, achievement and engagement, they say, are all enhanced through high standards of nutrition, fitness and facility conditions.

"These Green Ribbon Schools are giving students and educators what they need to maximize learning and minimize risks like asthma and other respiratory illnesses, ensuring that no child is burdened by pollution in or around their school," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "Today's winners are protecting our children's health and opening up environmental education opportunities for students. The EPA is proud to help recognize the Green Ribbon award winners and will continue working to improve the environment of our nation's schools and helping prepare students to succeed in the emerging green economy."

Winners of the Green Ribbon may experience national and local press coverage, re-energized staff and parents, enhanced community support, increased application rates, and new private financial assistance. Winners will be invited to participate in national and local recognition ceremonies.

The U.S. Department of Education's "Green Ribbons" are one-year recognition awards. Learn more about next year’s competition:

Blog http://www.ed.gov/blog/tag/green-ribbon-schools/

Website http://www.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EDGreenRibbonSchools

Email green.ribbon.schools@ed.gov.

 

SOURCES: U. S. Department of Education, libn.com, timbishop.house.gov, Hamptons.com

 

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