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ROBIN ERICKSON
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Monday, April 8, 2002
Red Cross Applauds Planned Repairs of Fox Point Hurricane Barrier -- Cites Recent Projections for Intense Hurricane Season in New England

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island is applauding an agreement to be signed today by Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. and the Army Corps of Engineers to repair the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier in Providence.

With the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicting a "busier than average" hurricane season this year, the Red Cross says efforts to improve safety and minimize damage caused by the storms is good news.

"We haven't seen a major hurricane in Rhode Island for several years, and that causes people to slack off when it comes to hurricane preparedness," Sarah Bilofsky, Director of the Communications for the American Red Cross of Rhode Island, said. "But experts say El Nino is weakening, making our coast ripe for some major storms, so any effort to mitigate potential damage is a welcome announcement."

Hurricane season officially kicks off June 1st and lasts through November 30th.

The American Red Cross of Rhode Island trains local volunteers to respond in local disasters, such as a hurricane, providing an emergency shelter network across the state. Working with other state and federal emergency agencies the Red Cross works to ensure that Rhode Islanders receive necessary food, clothing, medical treatment and other supplies during a disaster.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit www.riredcross.org and click on the "Links" section.

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