Legislator Fleming’s safety tips from the American Red Cross on how to prepare for the winter storm
• Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing
• Water: Have on hand at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
• Food: Have on hand at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
• Extra batteries
• First aid kit
• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.)
• Multi-purpose tool
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies)
• Cell phone with chargers
• Family and emergency contact information
• Extra cash
• Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers)
• Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl)
• Tools/supplies for securing your home
• Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery
• Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members
• Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves
RESOLVE TO BE TOBACCO FREE
Suffolk County Health Commissioner Dr. James Tomarken encourages residents who use tobacco to obtain help in breaking their addiction by signing up for Suffolk County’s “Learn to Be …Tobacco Free” program. The program offers assistance with planning, support, counseling and medication if warranted.
“We know more than ever about what works and what doesn't,” said Dr. Tomarken. “Studies have shown that smokers who try to quit smoking using a combination of behavioral support and medicine are three times more likely to be successful than those who try to stop smoking without support.”
The classes are free to Suffolk County residents, though there is a nominal fee for medication for medically eligible participants. Class will be held as follows:
Riverhead Public Library
330 Court Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
Dates: March 6, 13, 20, 27 April 3, 10, 2017
Reunion: May 1, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.-7p.m.
Contact: Janis 631-853-3187
ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING SAG HARBOR FIRE
Please contact the Village of Sag Harbor at 631-725-0222 immediately, if you have been displaced the fire on Main Street or if you are a business that was unable to open for business.
There are resources available to assist individuals that have been displaced and businesses that were affected by the fire.
Mayor Sandra Schroeder
NEW CYANOBACTERIA BLOOM IN MILL POND (SOUTHAMPTON)
Recent sampling performed by Suffolk County and SUNY Stony Brook has confirmed new cyanobacteria blooms, more commonly known as blue–green algae, in Mill Pond in Southampton.
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SUFFOLK COUNTY SEASONAL BAN ON APPLICATION OF FERTILIZER IS IN EFFECT
As of November 1st, the seasonal ban on the application of fertilizers in Suffolk County has gone into effect. The restrictions helps reduce the amount of nitrogen loading into groundwater. The ban is in effect until April 1st, 2017.
GROUNDWATER QUALITY IN THE VICINITY OF THE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE IN WESTHAMPTON
On September 12, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) has declared the New York State Air National Guard Base at Gabreski Airport a Class 2 Superfund Site. With this designation, NYSDEC has identified the U.S. Department of Defense, which oversees the site’s operations, as the potentially responsible party for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) contamination detected in nearby groundwater supplies.
In a letter to the airport director, NYSDEC leadership stated that it had directed the U.S. Department of Defense to finance connection to public water any homes with private wells that have been or may be impacted by contamination.
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GRIEF COUNSELING OFFERED BY
THE LGBT NETWORK
The LGBT Network will have grief counselors available at its Community Centers in Woodbury, Bay Shore and Sag Harbor. If you need to talk please call 631-665-2300 or 516-323-0011.
PINE BARRENS PROTECTION HOTLINE
The Pine Barrens are one of our State’s great biological treasures, home to many endangered, threatened, and special concern species. Additionally, the Pine Barrens overlies one of the greatest sources of pure groundwater in New York State. Please help protect this important natural resource by reporting any illegal activity, which may include (but is not limited to) use of all-terrain vehicles (ATV’s), dumping, and tree cutting/removal. The hotline operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week. All calls will remain confidential.