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National Weather Service Director to Speak at Town Hurricane Seminar

Hosted by the Town of Oyster Bay, the seminar takes place Thursday in Bethpage.

National Weather Service Director Dr. Louis Uccellini. Credit: Courtesy Photo
National Weather Service Director Dr. Louis Uccellini. Credit: Courtesy Photo

National Weather Service Director Dr. Louis Uccellini will be in Bethpage, Thursday, June 19, at 7 p.m. for a hurricane preparedness seminar hosted by the Town of Oyster Bay Department of Public Safety.

Open to the public, the event takes place at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center at 510 Grumman Road West.

“Hurricane season is here and now is the time to ensure you’re prepared,” Uccellini said. “Sandy was another reminder that Long Island is not exempt from impacts such as storm surge and damaging winds that more often afflict the South."

“We hope the storms this season won’t affect land, but having a plan now is key to staying safe later,” he added.

The seminar aims to inform residents on how to prepare for a hurricane or other weather emergency, when to evacuate, what to do when a storm hits and how to best respond during the aftermath. It will cover other emergencies that may impact the region. There will also be an overview of the SWIFTREACH 911 Emergency Notification System.

Leaders in the fields of meteorology and emergency management will conduct the seminar, which will be headed by former Town of Oyster BayCouncilman Leonard B. Symons, who specializes in emergency management and public safety. Symons is a weather expert who has trained at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.

Uccellini, a graduate of Bethpage High School, is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s assistant administrator for the Weather Services and director of the National Weather Service. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day civilian weather operations for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters, and oceans.

Uccellini’s presentation will focus on new forecast products and forecast improvements the NWS has or will be implementing in the wake of Sandy. He is expected to receive a special recognition of his work from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.

Also scheduled to speak at the conference will be Ross Dickman, Meteorologist in charge of the New York office of the National Weather Services as well as Gary Conte, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the New York office of the National Weather Service and Bill Korbel, News 12 Meteorologist.

Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto noted that Long Islanders are geographically vulnerable to the effects of weather and flooding. 

“This seminar is an important way to learn from the experts what you need to know to ensure that you and your family will be prepared should a hurricane, nor’easter or other type of natural disaster find its way to Long Island,” he said.

For more information about the seminar, residents can call the Town’s Department of Public Safety at 677-5350. 

For more hurricane safety tips, log onto the Town’s Web site, www.oysterbaytown.com, and type “hurricane” into the search line on the top right side of the homepage or click on “Brochures and Booklets (downloadable)” to print out a copy of the Town’s Hurricane Safety Brochure. Hurricane Safety Reminders can also be found on the inside back cover of the 2014 Town Calendar. 

Additionally, the Town will be mailing to all residents a hurricane safety guide, which contains vital information to help prepare for a hurricane or nor’easter.


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