R.I. Expects to See Less Security Funding

State believes it will be hit along with other areas affected by new DHS funding policy

"I am not aware of any threats to Providence, but there is a lot of critical infrastructure in Providence, and we want to be able to protect that and respond if there ever was an incident," said Providence Emergency Management Director Leo Messier.

Next year, Messier hopes to install an alert and siren warning system in the Port of Providence to warn residents of a disaster.

As the state's largest city -- and the second-largest city in New England -- Providence will likely get the lion's share of Rhode Island's Homeland Security money no matter what happens next year.

It's the smaller communities that would be left out.

<<Providence Journal, The (RI) (KRT) -- 01/05/06>>