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Coventry EMA Monitoring Hurricane Sandy, Considering Evacuation Possibilities

Police Chief and EMA Director Bryan Volpe says the Town of Coventry will be adequately equipped to handle the storm.

 

Click here for a personal emergency checklist provided by the Coventry EMA.

The Town of Coventry Emergency Management Staff (EMA) in cooperation with all Emergency Response Agencies and Human Services Agencies of the Town of Coventry, have been working on preparations for Hurricane Sandy since early this week.

The Town’s Emergency Management Director, Chief Bryan Volpe of the Coventry Police Department, wants all residents and business in the Town of Coventry to be assured that “the Coventry Emergency Response plans are being implemented so that the Town is adequately equipped to handle Hurricane Sandy.”

The Coventry EMA staff is currently monitoring the storm and working hand-in-hand with the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency to gather information needed to make critical storm related decisions.

Coventry EMA Staff are reviewing the possibility, but have not made any final decisions regarding mobile home park evacuations and the opening of a shelter for town residents. The Coventry EMA staff are making plans for providing sandbags for residents that may need such for flooding; debris cleanup for after the storm, opening of roads that may become blocked by debris, plans for possible school closure, restoration of utilities should they be lost during the storm and the possibility of water distribution after the storm.

Emergency response by fire, police, department of public works and human services support is prepared and ready to respond to the community’s needs.

Decisions regarding evacuations and sheltering will be forthcoming shortly and appropriate information regarding such will be released to the public.

For more information regarding the planning by Coventry EMA you may go to the Town of Coventry website http://www.town.coventry.ri.us/ as well as The Coventry Police Department website http://www.coventrypd.org/.

Additional information may be obtained from the Rhode Island EMA at their website http://www.riema.ri.gov.

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