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ROBIN ERICKSON
Director of Communications

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Thursday, July 3, 2002
Red Cross Offers Personal Security Measures
for Fourth of July Holiday Weekend

As the FBI assumes a heightened security posture for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend, the American Red Cross of Rhode Island is reminding the public, schools and businesses to stay informed about disaster preparedness and be vigilant of their surroundings.

Recognizing the need to provide specific preparedness recommendations for members of the public, the Red Cross has taken the extra steps to set out guidelines for citizens and communities that correlate to each threat level outlined by the Homeland Security Advisory System:

Individuals -- The recommendations for individuals range from developing a personal disaster plan in low-threat level conditions to being prepared to seek shelter or evacuate during times when the federal government issues a severe risk of attack warning.

Families -- Among other recommendations, the Red Cross advises families to develop a family communication plan to follow in high-risk situations and to discuss fears about terrorism with every member of the family, especially children.

Neighborhoods -- Even during low threat periods, establishing a "neighborhood watch" group and creating a contingency plan for emergencies is advised. In response to higher threat levels and a clearly announced need for blood, neighborhoods can band together and organize a blood drive.

Schools -- School and district administrators should develop a written emergency plan and be prepared to follow instructions from local authorities if the threat level is high enough to warrant school closings.

Businesses -- Recommendations include using the Red Cross Emergency Management Guide for Business and Industry, which is available through the Rhode Island Red Cross, to develop written emergency plans to address all workplace hazards and contacting a private security firm to conduct a risk assessment.

For more information, contact the American Red Cross of Rhode Island at 401.831.7700 x101.

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