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TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, GUSTY WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut **TROPICAL STORM FAY TO BRING HEAVY RAINFALL, GUSTY WINDS, AND DANGEROUS SURF CONDITIONS** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for Bronx, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, and Southwestern Suffolk * CURRENT WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bronx, Eastern Essex, Eastern Union, Hudson, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Northeastern Suffolk, Northern Nassau, Northern Queens, Northwestern Suffolk, Richmond (Staten Island), Southeastern Suffolk, Southern Fairfield, Southern Middlesex, Southern Nassau, Southern New Haven, Southern New London, Southern Queens, Southern Westchester, and Southwestern Suffolk * STORM INFORMATION: - About 370 miles south of New York City NY or about 420 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 35.5N 74.9W - Storm Intensity 45 mph - Movement North or 360 degrees at 7 mph SITUATION OVERVIEW ------------------ Tropical Storm Fay located along North Carolina Outer Banks will move northward along the coast towards the area Friday and will make landfall near the New York City area Friday night. The main threats with this system will be locally heavy rainfall, the potential for flash flooding, and dangerous surf conditions Friday into Friday night. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against dangerous rainfall flooding having possible significant impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - 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. * WIND: Protect against hazardous wind having possible limited impacts across Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut. Potential impacts include: - Damage to porches, awnings, carports, sheds, and unanchored mobile homes. Unsecured lightweight objects blown about. - Many large tree limbs broken off. A few trees snapped or uprooted, but with greater numbers in places where trees are shallow rooted. Some fences and roadway signs blown over. - A few roads impassable from debris, particularly within urban or heavily wooded places. Hazardous driving conditions on bridges and other elevated roadways. - Scattered power and communications outages. * TORNADOES: Protect against 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. * OTHER COASTAL HAZARDS: Beach flooding and localized dune erosion along the Atlantic Ocean beachfront are possible during the times of high tide Friday through Saturday. Low probability of minor coastal flooding in vulnerable coastal areas during the high tide on Friday night.

Long Island Cares, Inc. Begins Warehouse Expansion And Additional Support For Satellite Locations

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With $734,930 in Social Service Block Grant for future disaster preparedness.

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Hauppauge, NY - October 28, 2014 - As a result of receiving Social Services Block Grant funding of $734,930 from New York State, Long Island Cares, Inc. - The Harry Chapin Food Bank has begun the process of expanding their warehouse location in Hauppauge.  To assure that the regional food bank is prepared to meet any future disasters like Hurricane Sandy, Long Island Cares is increasing its freezer capacity by nearly 40% and will almost double the food bank's refrigeration capacity at their Hauppauge warehouse.  "This expansion will allow us to accept additional inventory of fresh produce, proteins, dairy products and other perishable foods that will be available for distribution in case of another region-wide crisis in which access to emergency food becomes significant," said Peter Braglia, Chief Operations Officer for the regional food bank.

According to Paule Pachter, CEO of Long Island Cares, Inc., "The regional food bank has a major supportive role in assisting local governments and emergency responders in times of crisis such as Hurricane Sandy. Two years ago, as Sandy struck Long Island we were besieged with food donations from New York State, Feeding America, partner food banks, corporate donors and from the general public.  Although we were able to accommodate all of the donations and additional purchases of food, we overloaded our freezers and refrigeration coolers and had to rent off-site freezer space to warehouse the huge inventory.  Now, as a result of this grant from New York State under Governor Cuomo's leadership, we will have additional capacity to warehouse more perishable food on site which will allow for swifter and more efficient distribution to our local communities at the most critical time."

In addition to expanding their inventory capacity, funding from this grant will also support Long Island Cares' South Shore Service Center in Lindenhurst which was opened in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and provide limited support for their Nassau Service Center in Freeport.   Both locations provide community-based sites to distribute emergency food and supplies and coordinate emergency response and recovery services with other human service organizations and grassroots programs.  Both the Nassau and South Shore Service Centers are still assisting families recovering from Sandy nearly two years later.  "Freeport and Lindenhurst were in the middle of the storm and we were very fortunate to be located there so we could help families that needed our assistance both immediately and conveniently," said Jessica Rosati, Chief Proram Officer for Long Islan Cares.  "Now, with this additional support from New York State we will continue to operate in both of these communities for a long time and we will be better prepared to respond to the needs of our region when the next disaster occurs."