‘Food drill’ helps Emergency workers prepare for disaster

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — When disaster strikes, getting food and water to people is a vital task.

In order to be prepared, the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) organized a multi-agency exercise Thursday to practice the distribution of commodities — like food and water — when normal supply chains are disrupted.

Reps for the city EMA, the Rhode Island state EMA, and the New England Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Initiative (NERCPI), along with the National Guard, assembled at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank on Niantic Avenue in Provdence for much of the day for the drill.

The coalition ran a “commodities point of distribution” in the parking lot. Such temporary setups could be used in disaster conditions, such as after a hurricane, water main break, or terrorist incident.