State Government Press Releases

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The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be conducting State Applicant briefings on November 15 and 16 from 9:45 a.m. noon. The session on November 15 will be held at Portsmouth Town Hall (2200 East Main Road, Portsmouth) and...
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), and the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General urge Rhode Islanders affected by Hurricane Sandy to be mindful of scams and other fraudulent activity during recovery efforts. Officials are...
The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) is sending three staff members to support response efforts in the state of New York. Logistics Chief Kenneth Baker (of North Providence), Operations Chief Raymond Laprad (of Warwick), and Planning Chief Armand Randolph (of Cranston) are leaving...
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-...