State Government Press Releases

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03/28/2013
FEMA/State Applicant Briefing The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency will be conducting joint FEMA/State Applicant briefings on April 3, April 10, and April 12, 2012. The briefings will be conducted from 10:00 AM 12:00 PM. All five counties in Rhode Island were declared major...
03/22/2013
Governor Lincoln Chafee announces that President Obama has approved Rhode Island's request for a disaster declaration and for public assistance for all five counties. In addition, snow removal was approved for Kent, Providence, and Washington counties. This designation for public assistance...
03/21/2013
In 2010, it was historic floods. In 2011, it was Tropical Storm Irene. In 2012, it was Hurricane Sandy. Rhode Island has experienced several significant flooding events in the past three years. Is your home or business financially protected from flood damages? This week (March 18-22) is...
Due to the excessive snow from the Winter Storm and from rainfall on Monday, some private wells may be impacted. The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) reminds Rhode Islanders who lost water pressure or have a flooded well head (surrounded by water), to take steps to ensure the safety of...
As Rhode Islanders continue to dig out from the effects of the Winter Storm, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) reminds everyone of the continued need to be vigilant about their own safety and the safety of others around them. "Although the storm has passed, we want to...
The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting up to " of rain for all areas in the State on Monday. Large amounts of snow that become saturated with water can cause problems with flooding and damage to roofs. To help prevent damage from heavy, wet snow, all Rhode Islanders are urged to: <...
As Rhode Island begins to dig out from the more than two feet of snow from the Winter Storm, the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) recommends that Rhode Islanders lend a helping hand to friends, family, or neighbors that may need assistance. Rhode Islanders can help friends,...
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee is expanding travel restrictions to a full travel ban on all roads effective immediately. This ban is temporary and is intended to support local public works departments and police departments so they may clear roadways. Exceptions to this policy include:
The Pell Bridge in Newport and the Verrazano Bridge in Jamestown have been reopened to commercial vehicle traffic. For regularly updated information on closures and parking bans, visit www.riema.ri.gov and click on the Latest Closing and Delays tab.
The Pell Bridge in Newport and the Verrazano Bridge in Jamestown have been closed to commercial vehicle traffic due to sustained winds of 58 miles per hour. At this time, this does not impact passenger vehicles. For regularly updated information on closures and parking bans, visit www.riema.ri....