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Sea-Level Rise Predictions and Storm Preparedness Discussed at BIRA Annual Meeting

By Block Island Residents Association | Aug 19, 2013

The second presentation after the BIRA annual meeting pertained to sea-level rise predictions and storm preparedness. Michelle Carnevale of Coastal Resource Center, URI and Janet Friedman, CRMC, spoke and showed charts of which island areas would be covered with water with a 3-foot sea rise and a 5-foot sea rise, saying that there will definitely be problems come the turn of the century in 2100. To learn more about shoreline change in Rhode Island visit www.beachsamp.org.

We were also asked to be prepared for approaching storms: to seek out weather information, have an evacuation plan, and make a kit with a 3-day supply of what we need. Click this link for more info: www.ready.gov. There are new reforms in inexpensive flood insurance which will be revealed at the BI Town Hall, 4-6pm, Thursday, August 29th.

To reduce your risk of damage, visit these sites:  www.floodsmart.gov and www.disastersafety.org

Support shoreline restoration and wetland protection projects and encourage elected officials to incorporate sea-level rise and erosion scenarios into infrastructure planning and wetlands management and to join the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System!

Tell a neighbor!

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