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*TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST* This product covers Southeast New York, Northeast New Jersey, and Southern Connecticut ***TROPICAL STORM ISAIAS MOVING NORTHWARD ALONG THE EAST COAST*** NEW INFORMATION --------------- * CHANGES TO WATCHES AND WARNINGS: - A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for Orange and Putnam - The Tropical Storm Watch has been upgraded to a Tropical Storm Warning for Bronx, Eastern Bergen, Eastern Essex, Eastern Passaic, 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, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union * 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 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, Southwestern Suffolk, Western Bergen, Western Essex, and Western Union - A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for Northern Fairfield, Northern Middlesex, Northern New Haven, Northern New London, Northern Westchester, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Western Passaic * STORM INFORMATION: - About 830 miles south-southwest of New York City NY or about 900 miles south-southwest of Montauk Point NY - 29.7N 79.9W - Storm Intensity 70 mph - Movement North or 355 degrees at 9 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, coastal Connecticut, and the New York City Metro. 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 into Wednesday morning. POTENTIAL IMPACTS ----------------- * FLOODING RAIN: Protect against life-threatening rainfall flooding having possible extensive impacts across northeastern 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: Protect against 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: Protect against locally hazardous surge having possible limited impacts across shoreline communities. Potential impacts in this area include: - There is potential for widespread minor to locally moderate coastal flooding across the Lower New York Harbor and South Shore Back Bays, with localized minor flooding impacts elsewhere. - Localized inundation with storm surge flooding mainly along immediate shorelines and in low lying spots. - 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: 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.

Suffolk Executive Bellone Announces 90 Percent of School Districts Have Signed Up for RAVE Panic Button Mobile App

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App designed to enhance police and first responders’ ability to react and respond to active shooter events and other emergency situations.

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Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

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Suffolk County, NY - November 23, 2018 - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced that 90 percent of public school districts across Suffolk County have signed up to use the RAVE Panic Button Mobile App since it was introduced earlier this year. The state-of-the-art app, provides a stratum of features, all designed to dramatically enhance the County’s police and first responders’ ability to effectively react and respond to active shooter events and other emergency situations.
 
“Our students deserve to feel safe in their schools and we owe it to our teachers, administrators, and facility to provide them with the state-of-the-art tools available to ensure both a safe and secure environment,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone. “With such a high enrollment number, schools across the County are recognizing the need for these types of innovate technologies that offer life-saving and time-saving features.”
 
To date, 64 total school districts have signed up for the Rave Panic Button. There are 24 school districts who are fully deployed with the app activated, there are 12 school districts in the training and testing phase, and 28 school districts are in the process of building out their Rave Facility profile. 
 
County Executive Bellone and Rave Mobile Safety also presented Kings Park Central School District with a commemorative plaque to congratulate them on their commitment to school safety and being the first school district in Suffolk County protected by the Rave Panic Button.
 
”The Suffolk County Police Department is committed to supporting and utilizing all resources to keep students safe in school,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said. “The RAVE Panic button mobile app is another tool to aid law enforcement in the event the department needs to respond to an emergency at a school building.”
 
Suffolk County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner John Jordan said:  “The Department of Fire Rescue Project team will continue their efforts disseminating information on this vital school safety program to school districts and communities across the County through meetings, presentations and direct access to program specialist. The team can be contacted via emailing safesuffolk@ravemobilesafety.com.”
 
Dr. Timothy Eagen, Superintendent, Kings Park Central School District said: “I am very thankful for Suffolk County’s focus and support in the area of school safety.  The RAVE App is an example of how Suffolk County schools, government, and emergency medical agencies are working together smarter. I am proud that Kings Park is a “pioneer school district’ of the RAVE Panic Button App.” 
 
Dr. Kenneth Bossert, President of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association said: “The Suffolk County School Superintendents Association appreciates the work of the County Executive and SCPD officials to provide another resource in the tool kit for school safety.  It is not surprising that a large percentage of districts within the County elected to participate in the RAVE program as it is one way to decrease response times and increase notification speed in the event that an emergency arises on school campus.  While we all hope that no such events occur in Suffolk, it is essential that we are prepared in the event one does.  We appreciate the continued collaboration and communication with county and police officials to ensure the safety, health and welfare of our students, faculty and staff.”
 
In July, County Executive Bellone signed legislation to provide $2 million in funding for the Rave Panic Button. The funding provided the County with an unlimited, perpetual licensing model for the Rave Panic Button and the capacity to offer access to the 450 K-12 schools across Suffolk County.
 
During an emergency situation, a teacher, administrator, or staff member can activate the Rave Panic Button App system by pushing one of the five emergency button types, such as active shooter emergency, medical emergency, fire emergency, police emergency, and additional emergencies requiring 9-1-1 assistance. Once the button is pushed, the app will immediately dial 9-1-1, while simultaneously sending an instant notification with details of the emergency to all faculty and staff on-site. Administrators have the ability to manage the on-going incident by sending and receiving real-time messages to and from their staff with information and updates regarding the current emergency situation. 
 
The Rave Panic Button App delivers critical data to 9-1-1 dispatchers and first responders, such as detailed caller location, building floor plans, emergency exit locations, emergency contacts, and key procedures. This critical information provides police officers and first responders with the tools necessary to accelerate emergency response time and effectiveness.