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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: - - -

Governor Cuomo Announces More Than 320,000 New Yorkers Served by Project Hope

Counseling Services Vital to Helping Survivors of Superstorm Sandy.

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Albany, NY - November 7, 2013 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than 320,000 New Yorkers have received the services of Project Hope, a crisis counseling program for survivors of Superstorm Sandy. Launched less than one month after Superstorm Sandy made landfall, Project Hope has been a constant presence within the impacted areas of New York City as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties.

“In the aftermath of the personal turmoil caused by Superstorm Sandy, Project Hope has been instrumental in helping impacted New Yorkers to cope with the trauma from the storm and move forward,” Governor Cuomo said. “After the storm passed, this program provided help and counseling to more than 320,000 New Yorkers at a time when they needed support to recover. Part of our recovery will continue to be providing this help and restoring the resilient spirit of our State and all New Yorkers.”

Project Hope is an outreach-oriented crisis counseling program primarily focused on assisting New Yorkers with the return to their levels of mental health and functioning from before the storm. Crisis counselors provide confidential counseling, public education and connections to much-needed resources that help survivors move forward with reconstructing their lives. The support is provided confidentially and without a charge at a time and place that is convenient for the survivor. Crisis counselors travel to community centers and places of worship, as well as private homes, to meet and talk with survivors of all ages.

Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and administered by the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Project Hope will operate through February 2014. Project Hope is a New York State Office of Mental Health directed program, which in collaboration with impacted Counties has contracted with more than thirty local service organizations to provide counseling and support services to individuals affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Project Hope continues to employ more than 600 New York residents hired from within the communities where they live, 518 of whom are full-time direct-service crisis counseling staff. At its height, Project Hope employed more than 800 New York residents in provisionary crisis counseling services.

Project Hope crisis counselors continue to be on the front lines of this disaster and were in many cases the first people to reach out to Superstorm Sandy survivors. They helped families return to normal, established support groups that will continue to meet independently of Project Hope and made connections with schools and senior centers to offer services to the most vulnerable of our society. All Project Hope agencies have been working with local community providers to communicate the community support, treatment and case management programs which will remain available to the survivor population after the departure of Project Hope crisis counseling services.

“The sheer number of individuals served by Project Hope is a testament to the tenacity of the crisis counselors who were on the steps of the homes and in the streets of the communities devastated by Superstorm Sandy. I thank our government and community partners for working together to help mitigate the impact of this unprecedented disaster.” said Acting Commissioner John V. Tauriello, New York State Office of Mental Health.

Dr. Adam Karpati, Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said, “For people still experiencing distress a year later, it’s important to know that help is available. Please reach out to Project Hope if you’re feeling overwhelmed.”

Dr. James R. Dolan, Jr., Director of Community Services for the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency, and Developmental Disabilities Services, said, “Under the leadership of Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, the Nassau County Office of Mental Health, Chemical Dependency and Developmental Disabilities Services has been proud to partner with the New York State Office of Mental Health’s Project Hope program in the delivery of Crisis Counseling services to those impacted by Super Storm Sandy. We are also fortunate to have joined forces with our Nassau County network of behavioral health providers that provide outreach, counseling and connection to community resources. These efforts have promoted resilience and facilitated recovery for those adversely affected by the storm.”

Art Flescher, Director of Community Services for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, said, “The dedication and energy demonstrated by our agency partners in implementing Suffolk County’s Project Hope crisis counseling initiative has been extremely impressive. The timely assistance provided to such a large number of residents is a testament to the value of the program and the tremendous need that was and continues to be met by this effort.”

For more information about Project Hope, please call LifeNet at one of the numbers below and ask for “Project Hope.” Callers are carefully matched with their local Project Hope provider agency that knows their community and is ready to assist with their recovery.

To contact LifeNet, please call:
English: 1-800-543-3638
Spanish: 1-877-298-3373
Asian Languages: 1-877-990-8585

Project Hope: Number of Individuals Served by Service Type (as of 10/21/13)
Region Individual/Family Crisis Counseling Encounters Group Crisis Counseling Sessions Group Public Education Sessions Total
New York City 117,396 36,666 42,579 196,641
Nassau County 45,404 3,901 19,978 69,283
Suffolk County 29,992 1,322 18,121 49,435
Westchester/Rockland Counties 1,806 304 3,631 5,741
Total 194,598 42,193 84,309 321,100