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FEMA tells Rhode Island to be better prepared for hurricane

Emergency Management Alert, June 23, 2009

The New England office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has warned about 200 Rhode Island emergency responders that the state is not adequately prepared to respond to a severe hurricane, reports the Providence Journal.

The warning comes after a scenario based on a FEMA program that combines science, engineering, and statistics to estimate loss of life and damage to property after certain natural disasters. If a hurricane such as the one in 1938 struck the state, 10,000 families would need to evacuate and it would take a week for the state's hospitals to return to just 40% of their capacities, while damages to businesses and property would be $3.8 million.

The warning was given during an annual hurricane conference, in which a large audience of local responders attended. Speakers voiced the need for more public awareness.

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