Governor-elect Gina Raimondo on Saturday named Peter Gaynor, who is credited with professionalizing Providence's Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security, as state EMA director.
"For me, this is an opportunity to move from local to the state," Gaynor tells RIPR. "I've had a wonderful time in the city of Providence," working with the administrations of Angel Taveras and David Cicilline.
A vote scheduled today in the Rhode Island Senate could change the way public schools conduct emergency drills. The measure is a response to the mass shooting in Newtown Connecticut, where 26 elementary school students and teachers were gunned down during the school day.
The bill calls for monthly emergency drills including lockdowns and emergency evacuations. The idea is to better prepare school staff to handle a situation like the one in Newtown.
Providence officials are preparing for what the National Weather Service says could be a historic snow storm.
The weather can change in an instant, of course. But officials are bracing for a whopper of a snowstorm starting tomorrow and lasting through Saturday afternoon. We could see winds up to 60 miles an hour by late Friday, coastal flooding, even thunder and lightning according to some reports.