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FEMA’s Winter Preparedness Guide

With winter in full swing, prepare for storms of ice, snow, and bitter cold.

how to prepare for a winter storm

This year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency released an updated How to Prepare for a Winter Storm Guide. The guide includes a preparedness checklist, tips to stay healthy and warm, and a winter weather check for your car. There are also actions to protect your home and reduce property damage.

Share how to prepare for, stay safe during, and recover from a winter storm on your website or social media account. Download the guide today:

Visit the Prepareathon website for more winter preparedness resources.

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Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the holidays, Christmas & Thanksgiving

Attention Suffolk County Veterans needing assistance for the holidays, Christmas & Thanksgiving

If you are a Veteran or Military service member residing in Suffolk County NY and will need assistance providing Thanksgiving dinner for you and your family contact us and we will get you a frozen turkey and groceries. No requests will be accepted after 1pmSaturday November 18th. And offers of assistance will be based upon available resources. Please fill out the Veteran request form at 
We will be delivering the frozen turkeys and food on Saturday afternoon.

If you need assistance providing Christmas for your family please contact us by Tuesday November 28th, please send an email stating your circumstances we will be able to assist a few families this year and we will decide on the eve of the 28th who we will be able to assist. We will be helping families this Christmas that we have not helped in previous years and will contact those families during the first week in December. We will be asking you for your children’s Dear Santa letter as well as their clothing sizes.

This is limited to Veterans / Military residing in Suffolk County.

All requests for assistance are confidential and only seen by the BOTGNY board members.

Thank you for your service



If you are in a position to support this cause, gift cards can be mailed to PO BOX 675 Bellport NY 11713, and tax deductible online donations can be made

Thank you for your Support


Frank Bania

Boots on the Ground NY

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Good News for Test Takers

The Suffolk County Library System has announced that “NLC (National Learning Corporation) exam prep books are now available through Livebrary Downloads. The NLC test prep collection can be found at The collection includes exam prep books for Clerk, Clerk Officer, Administrative Assistant, Clerk-Typist, Police Officer and more. Other test prep book collections for the SAT, ACT,LSAT, TEAS, CLEP and ASVAB exams are also available through Overdrive

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Disaster Preparedness Resources

Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have us asking ourselves—are we ready to respond to a disaster in our community? You are probably asking yourself the same question. To prepare, you must have your own plan in place first. Then you can help members of your community find resources to make their preparedness plans. 
This September, National Preparedness Month focuses on planning, with the theme “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
To plan ahead for Hurricane Irma, spend a few minutes reviewing the following information resources from the National Library of Medicine:
Week 1 (September 1-9): Make a Plan for Yourself, Family, and Friends
Find resources for making personal preparedness plans: 
Week 2 (September 10-16): Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Now that you are ready to respond to a disaster, here are resources to help your community prepare: 
Week 3 (September 17-23): Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Practicing and drilling plans are essential activities: 
  • Find over 200 exercises to drill on, from NLM Disaster Lit® Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
  • Which of your apps will work without internet connectivity? You may not have internet during a disaster. Turn on airplane mode if you have it, or open your settings and turn off both Wi-Fi and cellular data connectivity. Now test your apps to see what functionality they still have, if any. 
  • Bonus: try a new app from the NLM Disaster Apps for Your Digital Go Bag webpage. 
Week 4 (September 24-30): Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
Join the Disaster Information Specialist Network! It includes a discussion listserv, bi-monthly webinars, and free training to bring your skills up to capacity for supporting response efforts in your community.
Submitted by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell, MSLIS 
Program Manager, Disaster Information Specialist Program
Disaster Information Management Research Center
6707 Democracy Blvd.  Suite 510
Bethesda, MD 20892

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New Online Newspaper Resource Available through JJML

The library has recently acquired Newspaper Source Plus, an online database providing a full text digital collection of the world’s major news content. The database contains comprehensive full-text for major newspapers such as Christian Science Monitor, Irish Times (Ireland), San Francisco Chronicle, The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), The Times (UK), Toronto Star, The Washington Post, The Washington Times (DC) and others. In addition, Newspaper Source Plus features more than 857,000 television and radio news transcripts, including ABC News (American Broadcasting Company), ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), CBC Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), CBS News, CNBC, CNN, CNN International, FOX News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, PBS, and more.
You can access Newspaper Source Plus in the library as well as from home with your library card barcode and password. Check it out!

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Online Support Group for Veterans Thurs. April 27th

Joseph P. Dwyer Veterans Peer Support Project, a joint initiative of Suffolk County United Veterans and Suffolk County Veteran Service Agency offers an online support group for veterans.

Thursday, April 27th
6:30 – 7:30 pm
Topic Coping Skills

To register visit:

Advance registration is required.

Confidential & free. Open to all Veterans and service members.

Phone: 631-853-8345