State Government Press Releases

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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.
The Department of Environmental Management is providing the following guidelines to municipalities so they can manage tree waste that can not be cut and chipped at the point-of-generation. The following options are available to all municipalities. Through this temporary emergency approval process,...
The Department of Environmental Management announces that due to anticipated unacceptable water quality resulting from storm surge and coastal flooding from Hurricane Sandy, all approved waters of Point Judith Pond, Potter Pond, Ninigret Pond, Quonochontaug Pond, and Winnapaug Pond were closed to...
Soldiers and Airmen work with community services in assessment and recovery operations The Rhode Island National Guard is assisting first responders and emergency management staff in assessing and responding to impacts from the storm. Currently Soldiers are performing...