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COVID-19: New York Sea Grant's Rapid Response Support for its Coastal Stakeholders - News

Stony Brook, NY, July 16, 2020 - This summer, New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) want you to still enjoy the beach safely while you be safe

COVID-19 brings more considerations beyond the usual beach safety messaging. So, starting in early July, our Sea Grant programs are going to be launching a new social media graphic each week to remind beachgoers to stay safe and have fun!

Navigate to ... Week 1 | Week 2 Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8 | Week 9


Week 1: Stay Social, Be Distant! | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

This summer, the beaches are open and you should enjoy them! Just remember that you still need to practice social distancing – embrace your personal space.

Stay at least 6 feet apart from other beach goers that you didn’t come with; this is about the average length of a surfboard, two boogie boards, a bit more than an beach towel’s length, or three beach chairs  you could even measure based on your beach umbrella’s pole!

When you’re walking around the beach, to and from the parking lot or other facilities, or if you can’t stay more than 6 feet apart from others, remember to wear your mask. Frequently wash or sanitize your hands – and if you feel sick, stay home.



Week 2: Break The Grip of the Rip  | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

Rip currents are one of the deadliest beach hazards. They occur as ocean water moves swiftly away from the shore. 

If caught in a rip, remain calm! Wave or call for help, flip onto your back and float, rather than fighting against the current, and follow it as it takes you to calmer waters where it dissipates and you can swim safely to shore.

If you notice someone else in danger, do not try to save them yourselves - rather maintain visual contact with the victim and send another beach goer to get help, or call 9-1-1.

NYSG offers its rip current resources at www.nyseagrant.org/ripcurrents.
 
Remember to enjoy the beach safely this summer by (1) avoiding physical contact with others (outside of those who you came with); (2) bringing and wearing your mask when you’re not sitting on your towel or in the water; (3) washing your hands; and (4) if you feel sick, stay home!


Week 3: Shoreline Rescue  | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

Many rescuers often become victims themselves, if you notice someone in the water who needs assistance, follow these steps to assist them while you stay safe! 


Act quickly, maintain sight of the victim, call for help or send someone else to get help, and if possible throw a floatable to them. 

Common beach items that float include life jackets, coolers, boogie boards, surfboards, or pool toys. 

Remember to enjoy the beach safely this summer by (1) avoiding physical contact with others (outside of those who you came with); (2) bringing and wearing your mask when you’re not sitting on your towel or in the water; (3) washing your hands; and (4) if you feel sick, stay home!


Week 4: Grab your sunscreen and sanitizer! | English PDF | Spanish PDF  back to top

The sun emits ultraviolet (UV) rays which are powerful enough to damage your skin and result in sunburn! 

The National Weather Service (NWS) issues a daily UV Index, a number ranging from 0-10; the higher the number, the greater amount of skin damaging UV radiation. Make sure to check this number and the appropriate protective actions before you spend a day outside.

When you do go outside, use a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect against UV rays, which contribute to premature aging, sunburn, and skin cancer. Apply generously and reapply every two hours and/or when you get out of the water. 

This summer, in addition to protecting yourself from the sun, remember to protect yourself from COVID-19. Don’t forget to bring any extra safety precautions such as your mask, which should be worn when you can’t social distance, and plenty of hand sanitizer to apply often. 

To increase effectiveness, your hand sanitizer should be at least 60% alcohol and wipe any sand or sunscreen off before applying.

Remember to enjoy the beach safely this summer by (1) avoiding physical contact with others (outside of those who you came with); (2) bringing and wearing your mask when you’re not sitting on your towel or in the water; (3) washing your hands; and (4) if you feel sick, stay home!

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More Info: New York Sea Grant

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of Cornell University and the State University of New York (SUNY), is one of 34 university-based programs under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program.

Since 1971, NYSG has represented a statewide network of integrated research, education and extension services promoting coastal community economic vitality, environmental sustainability and citizen awareness and understanding about the State’s marine and Great Lakes resources.

Through NYSG’s efforts, the combined talents of university scientists and extension specialists help develop and transfer science-based information to many coastal user groups—businesses and industries, federal, state and local government decision-makers and agency managers, educators, the media and the interested public.

The program maintains Great Lakes offices at Cornell University, SUNY Buffalo, SUNY Oswego and the Wayne County Cooperative Extension office in Newark. In the State's marine waters, NYSG has offices at Stony Brook University in Long Island, Brooklyn College and Cornell Cooperative Extension in NYC and Kingston in the Hudson Valley.

For updates on Sea Grant activities: www.nyseagrant.org has RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube links. NYSG offers a free e-list sign up via www.nyseagrant.org/nycoastlines for its flagship publication, NY Coastlines/Currents, which is published quarterly. Our program also produces an occasional e-newsletter,"NOAA Sea Grant's Social Media Review," via its blog, www.nyseagrant.org/blog.

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