State Government Press Releases

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As Rhode Islanders wait for a response from the White House regarding Governor Chafee's request for a federal major disaster declaration for Washington, Bristol, and Newport Counties, federal and state officials report the damage assessment and recovery process continues. The Federal Emergency...
Storm surges, heavy wind, downed trees, and extended power outages have hit many Rhode Island communities hard. Normally paved roads are covered with almost a foot of sand. The landscape of popular beaches does not look the same. Pieces of homes have been torn off and strewn about typically quiet...
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) announces that in response to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, the following municipality is offering amenities to its residents: Richmond Potable water distribution (bring containers); Chariho Plaza, 1190 Main St.,...
Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) will host a special waste collection in Charlestown on Saturday, November 10. This free Eco-Depot collection will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is only available to Rhode Island residents. Rhode Islanders are encouraged to attend the...
Currently, the Westerly Senior Center shelter remains open. The American Red Cross monitors need and will reopen shelters if necessary.
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Director of Labor and Training Charles J. Fogarty are reporting that workers unemployed due to the effects of the recent storm may be able to waive their one-week waiting period for benefits. Non-seasonal employers forced to lay off workers temporarily as a direct...
Hurricanes can threaten an individual's sense of control and feelings of safety, and they can affect many aspects of our lives. In addition to property damage and other losses, events like Hurricane Sandy can result in significant emotional distress. The toll-free Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-...
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) suggests that anyone interested in volunteering for or making a donation to Hurricane Sandy response efforts should follow the following guidelines: Volunteers To register as an available volunteer...
Many homes and businesses sustained water damage from Hurricane Sandy. Cleanup of flooding should start as soon as it is safe to do so. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) reminds all Rhode Islanders of the following safety precautions to take: Avoid Contact With...
As of noon today, one shelter remains open at the Westerly Senior Center. All others have been closed.