WARWICK, R.I. -- The town of New Shoreham (Block Island) escaped with little impact from the March 2010 floods, but the damage and debris left behind on the mainland served as a reminder to officials on the significance of preparing for the worst. With a hazard mitigation plan set to expire in May 2011, New Shoreham officials tapped the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (REIMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for hazard mitigation planning assistance.
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WARWICK, R.I. -- The town of Bristol has reached a major milestone. It is the first jurisdiction to submit, have approved and formally adopt a hazard mitigation plan during Rhode Island’s presidentially-declared disaster (DR-1894). The adoption follows an extensive technical assistance and outreach process coordinated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) in response to the spring 2010 floods.
WARWICK, R.I. -- Newly elected Rhode Island Disaster Long Term Recovery Group (RIDLTRG) Chairman Paul Salera said today he is hopeful the organization will be able to complete the job of helping flood survivors who cannot recover on their own within 12-18 months.
WARWICK, R.I. -- Town officials in Johnston, R.I., hit the ground running in an effort to develop a hazard mitigation plan that will make the town more disaster-resilient. Mitigation planners from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) met with Johnston’s fire, planning and public works department officials and residents at a public meeting, held July 13, 2010, to discuss the town’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. All cities and towns in Rhode Island are required under federal law to make comprehensive updates to their plan every five years.
WARWICK, R.I. -- The University of Rhode Island was getting ready for commencement when the severe storms of March and April hit. For Anne Gregson, who handles risk management and insurance for the university, flooding was the last thing URI needed. “This is usually a very busy time of year for us,” she said. “The March rainstorms added to the work that needed to be done to prepare our campus.”
WARWICK, R.I. -- Firefighters and staff at the Hope Valley-Wyoming Fire Department relocated their eight fire vehicles, flipped the switch on a 750-gallon portable pump and stacked sandbags three feet high to protect the fire station from the severe March 2010 floodwaters. While the sandbags blocked the floodwaters from filling the building, they did not stop torrential flows from Brushy Brook and Wood River from eroding 1,200 square feet of the station’s parking lot.
WARWICK, R.I. -- It has been more than three months since the President issued a disaster declaration for Rhode Island as a result of the severe storms and flooding occurring in March and April. While recovery is well under way, something often overlooked in the process is the stress “everyone” experiences as a result of coping with disaster, disaster recovery officials note.
WARWICK, R.I. -- It is important for parents and guardians to understand that children can be particularly vulnerable to stress following disaster events such as the recent floods. Children may suffer from anxiety because of disaster losses and the upheaval of family life. “While children tend to bounce back quickly with social support and the aid of their families, it is important to be aware of your child’s reaction to stress and anxiety and seek additional help if necessary,” said Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Federal Coordinating Officer Craig A. Gilbert.
WARWICK, R.I. -- The close collaboration between the city of Pawtucket and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has helped prepare the city for possible future disasters. FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning experts continue to reach out proactively to Rhode Island planners and emergency managers, including Pawtucket officials and are providing them with technical assistance on updating their community's hazard mitigation plan.
WARWICK, R.I. -- Flooding from the severe storms in Rhode Island in 2010 and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) response to it forever changed the life of one Rhode Island college student. On Monday, June 14, Jennifer Cabrera, 24, awoke to a call from a familiar voice. The caller was one of FEMA's many Individual Assistance (IA) Specialists who had been assigned to Cabrera's application for FEMA assistance. "I have great news; all of our hard work has paid off," the IA Specialist told Cabrera that morning.