Peter Gaynor

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Peter Gaynor, Director of RI’s Emergency Management Agency, discussed power restoration following the storm in late October.

Rhode Island Emergency Management officials are urging residents to help friends and neighbors dig out after the third snow storm in as many weeks.

State Emergency Management Director Peter Gaynor said everyone needs to pitch to help the state’s most vulnerable residents. "So the elderly, the very young and pets. They don’t have the ability to stand up to really cold temperatures or wind so keep an eye on your neighbor or your parents or your loved ones and make sure that they’re safe during these next couple days."

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.