State Government Press Releases

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08/21/2009
As of this afternoon, the greatest concerns for coastal Rhode Island will be the increasing rip current risk from Hurricane Bill’s swells. Bill has already created some swell activity that will increase during the day. Very dangerous rip currents are expected along exposed beaches during...
08/20/2009
Ocean Conditions And Heavy Rains From Bill Remain Major Concern The latest from The National Weather Service RE: Hurricane Bill Conditions will become increasingly dangerous off the southeast New England coastline during the day on Saturday and peaking late Saturday night into Sunday morning.
08/19/2009
MARINERS NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO ADVISORIES The National Weather Service is asking all marine interests to pay close attention to their latest advisories on Hurricane Bill. Our biggest concerns at this time are the likelihood of widespread rip currents at area beaches and rough seas along...
08/18/2009
PREPAREDNESS STARTS WITH YOU As we track Hurricane Bill. It is important for all Rhode Islanders to be prepared for the possibility of dealing with a major hurricane. Make sure you have enough non perishable food and water, prescription medications, sufficient fuel for your vehicle, and all...
07/24/2009
Boston,Mass. – The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate met today with emergency managers from across New England and employees in Boston’s FEMA Region I office to discuss the importance of public preparedness and how partners...
07/02/2009
Executive Director J. David Smith is asking RI motorists in the Westerly RI area to be extremely cautious while driving. Director Smith stated that he has received numerous reports of automobiles stranded in dangerously high water levels. Police reports some of the vehicles contained small children.
06/17/2009
0830 -0900 Registration 0900 – 0915 Welcoming Remarks – Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts, Major General Robert Bray, Executive Director J. David Smith 0915 – 0940 Keynote Speaker – Marty Bahamonde, FEMA 0940 – 0955 Hurricane Forecast - Matt Belk, NWS 0955-1005 Governor...
06/16/2009
DHS AWARDS RIEMA OVER 12 MILLION IN HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS TO RI The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is pleased to announce the award of over 12 million dollars to the State and the Providence Urban area from the Department of Homeland Security. Also included in the...
06/16/2009
RIEMA ANNUAL HURRICANE CONFERENCE The annual Hurricane Conference is scheduled for June 18 at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. RIEMA is pleased to offer a full-day conference focusing on Recovery. Keynoting the conference will be FEMA’S Marty Bahamonde. He was the first and only FEMA...
06/11/2009
FEMA AND RIEMA URGEALL RESIDENTS TO BE PREPARED FOR HURRICANE SEASON Hurricanes are among the most dramatic, damaging and potentially deadly weather events. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and The Rhode Island Emergency Management...