State Government Press Releases

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Beginning Tuesday, February 12, four Preliminary Disaster Assessment (PDA) teams will be conducting surveys throughout the State. Teams, comprised of federal, state, and local officials, will visit affected areas to view storm damages firsthand, assess the scope of damages, and estimate repair...
The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) announced that bus service will be reinstated beginning with the first trip of the day on Monday, February 11, 2013. However, heavily accumulated snow in some areas and unplowed snow on secondary roads, make it difficult for RIPTA vehicles to...
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has announced that Rhode Island will enact its adverse weather policy for non-essential state employees for Monday, February 11. Workers may choose not to report to work if they have the prior permission of their supervisor. Those who do not report will be required to...
Today, on behalf of Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) Director MG Kevin R. McBride sent a request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to perform a Preliminary Disaster Assessment (PDA) in all five counties. In his request to FEMA, McBride...
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will be aboard a flight with representatives from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The officials will be assessing storm damage. The flight will leave from Quonset National Guard Base in North Kingstown at 1:30...
Based on the positive progress made clearing RI roadways, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has decided to lift the travel ban on RI roadways at 4:00 p.m. today.
Effective immediately, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has granted limited access for travel for those individuals who do not currently have access to heat, electricity or require immediate life safety needs. Other non-emergency travel is still subject to the statewide traffic restriction at this time.
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:
Due to safety concerns, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has restricted motor vehicle travel on Routes I-95, I-195, RI-146, RI-24 and I-295 beginning at 5 p.m. tonight (Friday) and continuing until further notice. Exceptions to this policy include: public safety vehicles and workers,...
Cranston, RI At a noon press conference at the RI Emergency Management Agency, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee declared a State of Disaster Emergency, effective immediately. A State of Emergency declaration may make RI eligible for federal funds related to the winter storm response. The Governor...