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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

VA Compensation & Pension Benefits Overview: What They Are and How They Differ

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The VA's ("Department of Veterans Affairs'") VBA ("Veterans Benefits Administration") provides benefits and services to veterans and their families. The VBA webpage begins at

http://www.vba.va.gov/

- with its Compensation & Pension Benefits pages at

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/

and its "Fact Sheets" at

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Milsvc/benfacts.htm

.

Compensation Programs

There are two types of payments.

-

Compensation

: provides monthly payments to veterans in recognition of the effects of disabilities, diseases, or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service. They also may provide monthly payments to surviving spouses, dependent children and dependent parents. Eligibility criteria, see 38 CFR 3.4 (

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/#BMC

).
-

Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)

: is a rate paid in addition to or in place of compensation. To qualify, a veteran must be disabled beyond a combined degree percentage or due to special circumstances (i.e., the need for third party assistance, loss of use of one hand, etc.). Eligibility criteria, see 38 CFR 3.350 and 38 U.S.C. 1114 (

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/#BMS

).

There are three basic payment categories.

Disability Compensation

: paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or was made worse by active military service.

The benefits are tax-free and income independent

. You may be eligible if you have a service-related disability and were discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. The amount of basic benefit paid in 2006 ranges from $112 to $2,393 per month. You may be paid additional amounts if you have very severe disabilities or loss of limb(s), or you have a spouse, child(ren), or dependent parent(s), or you have a seriously disabled spouse (

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Milsvc/Docs/Compeg.doc

).

DIC ("Dependency & Indemnity Compensation")

: paid monthly to eligible survivors of a Military service member who died while on active duty, or whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease, or whose death resulted from a non service-related injury or disease, and who was receiving, or was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for service-connected disability that was rated as totally disabling, as defined. The basic monthly rate of DIC in 2006 is $1,033 for an eligible surviving spouse. (

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Milsvc/Docs/Diceg.doc

).

Parents' DIC

: income-based monthly benefit for the parents of a military service member or veteran who died from a disease or injury incurred or aggravated while on active duty or active duty for training, or an injury incurred or aggravated in line of duty while on inactive duty for training, or a service-connected disability. The term "parent" includes biological, adoptive, and foster parents. Annual rates paid in 2006 ranged to a maximum of $9,372. Rates are reduced based on the countable income of the parents. When countable income exceeds the limit set by law, no benefit is payable. Eligible parents must report all sources of income to VA. The income limits for 2006 ranged from $12,034 16,176. (

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Milsvc/Docs/DICParents.doc

).

Pension Programs

There are two types of payments.

-

Pension

: provides monthly payments to needy wartime veterans who qualify and are disabled as a result of disability not related to military service. They may also provide monthly payments to needy surviving spouses & dependent children (

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/#BMP

).

-

Special Monthly Pension (SMP)

: is paid to qualified veterans who need third party assistance (

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/#BMS

).

There are two basic payment categories.

Disability Pension

: paid to wartime veterans with limited income who are no longer able to work. You may be eligible if you were discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, and you served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a period of war time. However, anyone who enlists after 9/7/80 generally has to serve at least 24 months or the full period for which a person was called or ordered to active duty in order to receive any benefits. Your countable family income must be below a yearly limit to receive any benefit. For 2006 the basic yearly limit ranged from $10,579 to $20, 974. VA pays you the difference between your countable family income and the yearly income limit which describes your situation. This difference is generally paid in 12 equal monthly payments (

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Milsvc/Docs/Pensoneg.doc

).

Death Pension

: paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans. You may be eligible if: the deceased veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, and he or she served 90 days or more of active duty with at least 1 day during a period of war time. However, anyone who enlists after 9/7/80 generally has to serve at least 24 months or the full period for which a person was called to active duty in order to receive any benefits. Your countable family income must be below a yearly limit to receive any benefit. For 2006 the basic yearly limit ranged from $7,094 to $13,529. VA pays you the difference between your countable income and the yearly income limit which describes your situation. This difference is generally paid in 12 equal monthly payments (

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Milsvc/Docs/Dpeneg.doc

).
--- Regards, Walt Schmidt