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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Oetober 2 Beach replenishment projects get extra fi.ands; Broadkill project could prove c Rroverslal By Michael Short The latest round of action by Congress is likely to provide addi- tional beach replenishment fund- ing for Delaware. Both the Senate and House have approved funding for beach re- plenishment for Delaware, one in a series of tiny steps that could eventually lead to a major federal beach replenishment project. In statements issued Wednes- day, Sept. 30, both Sen. Joe Biden and Cong. Mike Castle praised the ,action. Castle said the House, ap- proved the following funding for the preconstruction, engineering and design phases: Dewey and Rehoboth beaches - $150,000 to complete the preconstruction, en- gineering and design phase; Bethany Beaches - $100,000; Port Mahon - $200,000; Roosevelt In- let, Lewes Beach - $100,000. Delaware is also planning to continue doing its own beach re- plenishment work on a much smaller scale. Plans to do a 71,000- cubic yard project at the severely eroded north end of Broadkill Beach has raised the concern of local fisherman and en- vironmentalist Bob Martin. Mar- tin is concerned that to dredge sand for the beach, sand will be taken from an area considered one of the best local fishing spots. The Coral Beds are considered impor- tant habitat and local fishermen were very vocal when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers planned to dredge the shipping channel in Delaware Bay and drop much of the dredged sand on the coral beds. That plan was changed, prompting Martin to say that what "they agreed hot to cover, they plan to dig up." But Bob Henry, a program ad- ministrator in Delaware's Divi- sion of Soil and Water Conserva- tion, said the area has been sur- veyed and the worms that actually create the coral beds were not found in the dredging area. The actual beds are sand cemented to- gether by a variety of sea worm, he said. Bottom samples of the area found no life other than one razor clam, he said. 911 Continued from page 18 istered, however, has much to do with the quality of information dispatchers receive from callers. One simple but essential piece of information - particularly in rural Sussex County - is "for peo- ple to know where they are," said Jones. "In an emergency, the bet- ter the directions, the easier it is to find you. We need exact locations or the nearest crossroad." Unfortunately, Jones explained, ' either because of panic or because children, baby sitters or vacation- ers are making the calls, providing good directions isn't always a sim- ple task. "The family needs to have specific directions posted by the phone," she said. "It's particu- larly important in rural areas." When the calls go through, she said, dispatchers will also need the phone number from where the call originates, so they can call back if the line suddenly becomes discon- nected. The system allows for a trace, but seconds could be saved if the dispatcher has the number handy. Dispatchers need to learn the exact nature of the problem. First, she said, they need to know the na- ture of a problem so that if other calls are coming in at the same time, the dispatchers can prioritize the calls. For example, she said, two calls could come in simultane- ously, and one could be for a sprained ankle while the other is for cardiac arrest. Dispatchers will ask questions such as the victim's age, whether the patient is breathing, whether the patient is conscious and Other vital information, "There's a lot we can determine from age, for example," said Jones. The 911 call center is available to the speech and hearing impaired as well as to those with limited or no English:speaking ability. The system uses a TDD system for the speech and hearing impaired; that system allows communication through a written translation sys- tem. "If people are hearing or lan- guage impaired, and they call and stay on the line, they get the same instructions as any other caller," said Jones. The same holds true for those with limited English communication skills. The system, through the AT&T language line, provides a three- way calling system with inter- preters for 160 different lan- guages. "But the caller must stay on the line," said Jones. It is not appropriate to call 911 to learn about traffic jams, whether the weather is foul, or any other nonemergency situation. Those calls have the potential for impeding help for someone who could be facing a life-threatening situation. However, Jones said people should not be reluctant to call when there is a health or safety problem. "Any time there is a medical problem, and it's something that they're not sure about...they need to call here," said Jones. "We can give them information. Patient care - that's top priority. 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