EMA hopes to have all RI municipalities ‘Storm Ready’ certified this year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island is aiming to be the fist state in the country where every municipality is Storm Ready – a program designed to help keep you safe in the event of fast-moving weather.

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash flooding and hail storms can all put unsuspecting people in danger – which is where the Storm Ready program can help.

“This is a really great program where time is of the essence,” said Peter Gaynor, director of the RI Emergency Management Agency.

Gaynor said there is no real way to measure how prepared anyone is, but being Storm Ready helps. To be involved in the program, a community needs to demonstrate they can monitor, receive, prepare and give out important weather information to people.

Each community in the state that is Storm Ready will receive $2,500 in grant money to spend on emergency management improvements.

“We have commitments from 39 communities which are going to do it, which I think that is the hardest thing – to get everyone to say yes,” Gaynor said.

Having all 39 communities certified would make the Ocean State the first state with every municipality Storm Ready.

Currently, there are 12 communities which are Storm Ready in the state. The other 27 are in the process of getting their certifications and the EMA hopes that process will be complete by the end of the summer.

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