The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have awarded the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) with a total of $7 million. The money will enhance the state’s efforts to plan for emergencies.
Members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation are praising the $7 million as a smart investment. They point to this winter’s extreme snowfall, and events like Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon Bombing as stark reminders about why it’s important to be prepared for unexpected emergencies.
FEMA recently announced that beginning next year it will not award any disaster preparedness money to states that lack plans to address the impact of climate change. Many agencies across Rhode Island have been actively planning for climate-related threats.
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