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NARRAGANSETT-As of Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service had upgraded Hurricane Irene to a Category three storm. Narragansett has been hit by severe storms in the past, most recently Hurricane Bob in 1991, yet preparedness for such weather is always a topic which bears repeating. What should residents do to prepare for a potential hurricane? Where should they go if evacuation is necessary? These are questions that are vital to community safety but are often overlooked by the public.
“I would say that many are ill-prepared for a category three to five hurricane,” said Fred Campagna, Meteorolgist at ABC 6 News. “I know that every year we beat the drum of hurricane preparedness, but with each passing year, the memory of the last storm to hit, Bob, which was only a Category one storm, gets pushed further back into our minds.”
The town of Narragansett has been holding conferences over the past few days with Fire and Police services, reviewing emergency protocol and developing a coherently updated plan in the event that Hurricane Irene does hit Rhode Island. Municipal personnel have also been working with members of the Rhode Island and Federal Emergency Management Agencies in order to coordinate state-wide support with towns.
For more information, pick up a copy of Friday's The Narragansett Times.