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TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN SEABOARD** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern Nassau, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Queens, Northern Westchester, Northwestern Suffolk, Orange, Putnam, Richmond (Staten Island), Rockland, Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, Western Passaic, and Western Union * STORM INFORMATION: - About 770 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 850 miles southwest of Montauk Point NY - 30.7N 80.1W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 13 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Isaias, located off the north Florida coast, will continue to move to the north this morning, turning north-northeast this afternoon along the southeast coast. Isaias will continue moving northeast tonight over Eastern North Carolina. Isaias will slowly weaken as it accelerates northeast on Tuesday, likely moving over our area Tuesday afternoon and evening. There is still some timing and intensity uncertainty with this storm. However, confidence continues to increase with respect to the magnitude of local hazards and impacts. The main threats with this system involve heavy rainfall, strong winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding, along with high surf and dangerous rip currents. Locally heavy rain is expected with a widespread 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches possible. The heaviest rain is most likely to occur across New York City, Northeast New Jersey and the Lower Hudson Valley early Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening, and eastern sections Tuesday afternoon into Tuesday night. The strongest winds are likely to occur across Long Island, southern Westchester and southern Connecticut, and the New York City and New Jersey Metro areas. Dangerous marine conditions are likely across all of the coastal waters Tuesday and Tuesday night. High surf and dangerous rip currents are expected along the ocean beaches Monday through Wednesday. The effects from Tropical Storm Isaias are expected to diminish quickly from southwest to northeast across the area Tuesday night. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Prepare for life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeast New Jersey, New York City, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Potential impacts include: - Major rainfall flooding may prompt many evacuations and rescues. - Rivers and streams may rapidly overflow their banks in multiple places. Small streams, creeks, canals, and ditches may become dangerous rivers. Flood control systems and barriers may become stressed. - In hilly terrain, destructive runoff may run quickly down valleys, and increase susceptibility to rockslides and mudslides. - Flood waters can enter many structures within multiple communities, some structures becoming uninhabitable or washed away. Many places where flood waters may cover escape routes. Streets and parking lots become rivers of moving water with underpasses submerged. Driving conditions become dangerous. Many road and bridge closures with some weakened or washed out. * WIND: Prepare for dangerous wind having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - 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. * SURGE: Prepare for locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - 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. * TORNADOES: Prepare for a tornado event having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - 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.

PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: If You’ve Been THERE, You Got IT, So Let’s Deal with IT

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Yes, if you've been there, PTSD is effecting you in some way. And even if you prefer not to get treatment for yourself, take a moment and think about your family.

Information - A Start

The National Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) website has a host of information, a good place to start

. They have a self- help Guide To PTSD at

and a brochure entitled "PTSD Does Not Mean You're Crazy! PTSD is the normal re-action of a normal person to abnormal circumstances"


The VA has its National Center for PTSD, which was created to address the needs of veterans with military-related PTSD. Its mission: To advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. Its site is at:


There is even a PTSD WebRing created to compile resources for those who suffer from PTSD, which was created in April 2004, has 23 active sites, with a total of 7,032 total page views. The WebRing hub is found at:


About The VVA Guide to PTSD

The purpose the guide is to assist you, the veteran, or your survivor(s), in presenting your claim for benefits based on exposure to psychologically traumatic events during military service that has resulted in PTSD. Remember, it is always best to seek the assistance of an experienced veterans service officer when presenting a claim to the VA.

The guide describes the VA's current programs for providing disability compensation to veterans who suffer from PTSD, as well as for the survivors of such veterans. Under current VA regulations, you can be paid compensation for PTSD if you currently have a clear medical diagnosis of the disorder, evidence that a sufficiently traumatic event (called a "stressor") occurred during active military service and medical evidence that the in-service stressor is causally related to your PTSD. Once the VA determines that your PTSD is service-connected, it will then decide how seriously your symptoms impair your social and industrial abilities (i.e., your capacity to start and maintain personal relationships and your ability to work). The guide does not address treatment techniques, but does provide suggestions for obtaining the appropriate care. Included in this guide is a short description of what to do if the VA denies your claim or establishes an un-just rating percentage.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is a set of symptoms that surface after a very dangerous, frightening, and uncontrollable traumatic event. PTSD has many causes. As a veteran, it is most likely the result of the experience of war. However, you may have been the victim of another traumatic event such as a violent crime, accident, physical or sexual abuse, or a natural disaster.

PTSD symptoms fall into four categories:


--amnesia, disassociation, numbing, hyper vigilance, controlling behavior, isolation


--flashbacks, sleep disorders, overwhelming feelings, overreacting


--distrust, abandonment, helplessness, fear of change, blaming others


--feeling guilty, feeling as if you're crazy, feeling unworthy

If you recognize any of these symptoms, you are not alone and there is help.

The first step

: Realize it's not your fault.

The second step

: Believe that you have the power and ability to change and get well. It may be difficult, but take a healthy risk and reach out for help. PTSD is not all in your head! The evidence is mounting that PTSD, particularly chronic acute PTSD, significantly changes the electrical and chemical reaction of the body on a permanent basis. This causes increased chances of heart attack, strokes, and other long-term health problems.

For Families...

Although there are many resources available to help veterans work through the issues surrounding their war experiences, there is not much help available to spouses and families of veterans. Living with someone who suffers from PTSD can be traumatic. Some spouses report many years of pent up anger and frustration dealing with their veterans, and they feel alone. Some have totally lost themselves in their veterans' problems and are unable to deal with their own. If you have a spouse or family member with PTSD, learn all you can about the illness and its treatment. Associates of Vietnam Veterans of American (AVVA) has recently up-dated and reissued an excellent program for the spouses and families of veterans suffering from PTSD entitled "Coping Skills for Loving Your Vietnam Veteran." For more information about this AVVA program contact: AVVA; 8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400; Silver Spring, MD 20910; (800) VVA-1316;

--- Regards, Walt Schmidt