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State Urges Rhode Islanders to Prepare for the Winter Storm

Cranston, RI - The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is alerting all Rhode Islanders that the National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for Providence County from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and a Winter Storm Warning for the remainder of Rhode Island from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"This snow storm is predicted to be fast and furious," said Director Peter Gaynor. "We expect snow to fall as quickly as three inches or more an hour and for visibility to be extremely poor. We ask Rhode Islanders to take time to review their emergency plans and to refrain from unnecessary travel."

The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) will be fully activated as of 6 a.m. Tuesday and will be coordinating with state agencies, local emergency management directors and various partners to safeguard Rhode Islanders throughout the duration of the storm.

RIEMA reminds all Rhode Islanders of the following ways to keep yourself safe: Stay off the roads. If travel is absolutely necessary, be sure your car's gas tank is at least half-full. Check on neighbors, family, and friends who may need some extra help during the storm. Bring pets and companion animals inside during winter weather. Prepare for possible power outages. Fully charge your cellphone, laptop, and other electronic devices. Be sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working and have fresh batteries. Give snow plow drivers plenty of room on the road. If you can't see their rear-mirror, they can't see you. Continue to monitor television, radio, and websites for updated emergency information. Sign-up for CodeRED: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF1E5F52D694 or download the CodeRED App: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/BF1E5F52D694

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