State officials utilize EMA as storm brews

WPRI/Tim White

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — On Monday Governor Raimondo and other state officials tackled the storm situation from the Emergency Management Agency in Cranston.

The head of the Rhode Island State Police and National Grid officials were present at the EMA as well.

Eyewitness News got a glimpse inside the agency to see how all state officials are working together to get through this storm.

Governor Raimondo declared a state of emergency on Monday, saying “conditions are deteriorating” and that a travel ban has been put into place at midnight.

The State Police have warned that they do reserve the right to arrest anyone on the roads after that time.

The Governor announced that she has activated the National Guard and 270 members are standing by in staging areas.

“We’re having full organization between the national guard, DOT, National Grid and the Rhode Island State Police. This is a coordinated effort to keep people safe,” she said.

Governor Raimondo said that the situation is only going to intensify overnight, and that residents should stay inside throughout the day on Tuesday.

The next news briefing with the Governor and other officials will be held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

 

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