Governor Lincoln D. Chafee signed a Declaration of Disaster Emergency today in advance of Hurricane Sandy. The order is effective immediately.
According to RI General Law Section 30-15-9, this declaration provides the Governor with numerous emergency powers such as:
· Directing all state departments, agencies and related boards to cooperate and coordinate with RI Emergency Management Agency efforts.
· Directing law enforcement and environmental authorities to order closures and evacuations of threatened areas as circumstances warrant.
· Activating RIEMA’s RI State Urban and Search and Rescue Team if necessary for disaster emergency response.
· Maintaining continuity of all state operations.
The declaration also makes Rhode Island eligible for a variety of federal supports and resources in managing a disaster and subsequent recovery.
“Out of concern for a prolonged and severe weather event, I felt that signing a declaration of emergency today was a prudent decision that will help us deploy important resources if and when the situation requires.,” Gov. Chafee said.
“Given that predictions for Hurricane Sandy are still changing, I advise all Rhode Islanders to prepare themselves for power outages and other wind- and rain-related hazards.”