Weather Alert  

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

Orphans Need New York Metro Area Families to Help Make Their Summer Miracles Happen

LongIsland.com

Orphans need New York Metro Area families to host them for the summer.

Print Email
Saddle River, NJ - February 4, 2014 - Kidsave is seeking families who are willing to open their homes to a child without parents for one month this summer – with the idea of helping that child find a family. The children are coming from orphanages and foster care in Latvia and Colombia.
 
Cathee Gelman, Coordinator for the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut program explains that families who host do not have to commit to adopt. “Just giving these children the opportunity to spend a few weeks in the U.S., in a family, can dramatically change a child’s life”.
 
People host for many reasons, sometimes it is with the hope that they will go on to adopt the child (ren), other times it is to advocate for the child (ren) in order to find a family other than their's to adopt. In those instances the host works with Kidsave to help find a family for that particular child. Oftentimes, once someone gets to know one of these children, everything changes. Cathee explains. “If people don’t get the opportunity to meet these kids, they won’t ever find families. Hosts are never required to adopt – just to open their homes and hearts for the summer.  Anyone who is looking to make a lasting contribution to a child will find this to be an opportunity of a lifetime.”
 
Hosting a child for a summer vacation is a unique and innovative way to help children get permanent homes. Not only do host families provide an opportunity for orphaned youth to enjoy life with a family, to go to summer camp and to meet new people; but together with the Kidsave staff and dedicated volunteers they advocate to find adoptive families for these children. The summer vacation is more than just any summer vacation because these older children have little or no chance of finding adoptive parents in their own country.
 
“What are your fondest memories of summer vacation as a kid?” Gelman asked, “Family picnics? Summer camp? Here’s a challenge, think back to those times without smiling. It’s difficult not to smile, it’s instinctive. But for older children who grow up in foster care and orphanages this is not the case. At a very young age, they have already faced a great deal of adversity, such as malnutrition, neglect, dire living conditions and lack of love. They are often forgotten, left to grow up without a parent’s guidance. We can change this; by giving these children the chance to one day reminisce about how they found a family who adopted them on their summer vacation – and changed their life forever.”
 
Couples or single adults, with or without children, are eligible to host.
 
If you can’t host but want to help – volunteers are needed too – and scholarship donations to support the children’s visits. Get involved now at http://www.kidsave.org/programs/orphan-hosting/.