emergency management http://ripr.org en Senate Plans Vote on School Safety http://ripr.org/post/senate-plans-vote-school-safety <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 13:05:40 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 13404 at http://ripr.org Providence storm prep: Friday commute "impossible" http://ripr.org/post/providence-storm-prep-friday-commute-impossible <p>Providence officials are preparing for what the National Weather Service says could be a historic snow storm.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:49:01 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 9962 at http://ripr.org