Natural Disasters & Emergency Response
Enhancing Rhode Island’s Emergency & Disaster Preparedness
Rhode Island’s coastal location makes it susceptible to natural disasters such as flooding, hurricanes, and snowstorms. And when disasters have struck, Senator Reed has been there to help Rhode Islanders recover.
When the historic flooding of 2010 hit Rhode Island, Reed helped ensure over $200 million in federal flood assistance to help families, businesses, and communities rebuild.
The best way to cope with a natural disaster and limit the damage is to plan ahead and be prepared. Senator Reed has supported forward-thinking measures to enhance our emergency preparedness and improve our critical infrastructure. He helped secure millions of dollars to upgrade the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and increase security at the Port of Providence
As a member of the Appropriations Committee, he secured federal funding for local communities to create a unified, interoperable, emergency communications system so that first responders and law enforcement can effectively communicate with each other during emergencies. He also directed federal dollars to Rhode Island to update vital drainage systems across the state to help prevent flooding in the future.
Key Priorities & Accomplishments
- In 2009, Reed helped secure $8.26 million in federal funding to make repairs and undertake flood protection and water restoration initiatives at Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, Woonsocket’s floodwall, Ten Mile River, and the Blackstone River Watershed.
- Reed authored the National Flood Mapping Act, which was approved by the Senate, to make sure flood maps are up to date so businesses and homeowners know if they are at risk of flooding.
- Reed secured a federal income tax filing extension for Rhode Islanders affected by the 2010 floods.
- To enhance public safety and save Rhode Island taxpayers millions of dollars, Reed helped transfer responsibility for the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and the Woonsocket Dam and flood control levees to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. This takes the economic burden of operating and maintenance costs off of the city of Providence and Woonsocket and helps prevent local homeowners living downstream from costly increases in flood insurance.
A year after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on many Rhode Island businesses and homes, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives Jim Langevin and David Cicilline today announced that an additional $16 million in federal funding is on its way to help pay...Posted on 10/28/2013 |
RI has now received over $45.4 million in federal Sandy relief and Reed says more help is on the way PROVIDENCE, RI - Approaching the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior &am...Posted on 10/24/2013 |
The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved legislation to invest in water infrastructure projects, including an expected $2.5 million in federal funding for Rhode Island, as part of the 2014 Energy and Water Development spending bill, according to U.S. Senator Jack Reed, a mem...
Senator Jack Reed delivers remarks congratulating Municipal Fire Academy graduates at the City of Pawtucket Firefighter Graduation Ceremony. A $4.2 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant, which Reed helped secure, paid for a significant portion of the training of the 21 graduates....Posted on 6/28/2013 |
In an effort to assist with post-Superstorm Sandy cleanup and recovery efforts, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced that the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (DLT) will receive $500,000 in federal funds through the U.S. Department of Labor’s National Emergency...Posted on 6/3/2013 |
During a hearing today before the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior & Environment, chaired by U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the Department is releasing $475.25 million in emergency Superstorm Sandy...Posted on 5/7/2013 |
U.S. Senator Jack Reed is encouraging interested Rhode Island teens to apply to serve on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Youth Preparedness Council. FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for young leaders from around th...Posted on 3/22/2013 |