State Government Press Releases

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The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency's (RIEMA) business preparedness program is pleased to be hosting the first Business Continuity Conference on October 31. The event, co-sponsored with the Economic Development Corporation, is designed to help business owners improve their disaster...
Imagine waking up one morning and hearing on the news that there was a fire in the building where your business is located. That's exactly what happened in 2003 to Cynthia Leonard, owner of Sir Speedy in Providence. Leonard and her staff rushed to their office in downtown Providence to find that...
More than two years ago, historic-level floods ravaged Rhode Island, leaving many homes and businesses with significant damage. Following the historic floods, Rhode Island received a Presidential Disaster Declaration which made the State eligible for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)...
Today, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) Executive Director Theresa C. Murray presented Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts with a personal preparedness kit, commonly known as a "go bag". The bag contains essential items that would be needed after an emergency such as food, water,...
The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that although Hurricane Leslie is forecasted to remain well offshore of New England, it will create high surf and dangerous rip currents at ocean beaches facing south or east. Breakers of 12 feet or more are also possible. High surf and rip tides are...
One year ago, Rhode Islanders were still feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Irene. Schools were closed, power was out, and storm debris made some roads impassable. Is your home or business ready for the next emergency? September is National Preparedness Month, and the Rhode Island Emergency...
Businesses in Rhode Island now have two places that can provide information to help them survive a disaster or emergency. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) unveiled its National Business Emergency Operation Center (NBEOC) earlier this month. NBEOC is designed to be a virtual location...
On Monday, July 30, at exactly 4:30 a.m., we know for certain that a category three hurricane will hit Rhode Island and will cause catastrophic damage and will quickly overwhelm state resources. We know this because the hurricane strike will mark the start of Vigilant Guard, a state-wide exercise...
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood warning for Providence and Kent counties until 6:15 p.m. Heavy rainfalls are expected to cause flash flooding of poor drainage and urban areas. Rhode Islanders are reminded to not attempt to drive through flooded roadways.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 9 p.m. for the entire state. Thunderstorms are expected to develop after 2 p.m. and increase in number throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The areas at greatest risk for severe weather includes...