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LOADING UP: Ric Wild, executive director at the Good Neighbors Inc. food pantry in East Providence, loads bags of food into a vehicle while volunteer Elaine Fredrick fills boxes. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

STARVING FOR HELP: Needy flock to R.I.’s overwhelmed food pantries

IT'S COMMON for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center Executive Director Heather Hole Strout to see adults and the elderly seeking food at...

CareLink working to decontaminate N95 masks for nursing, group homes

EAST PROVIDENCE – CareLink, an East Providence-based nonprofit network of health care providers for seniors, has begun coordinating access to decontamination services for N95...
THE PROVIDENCE Fire Department received a $750,000 award from FEMA to purcahse a new heavy-rescue truck for its fleet. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/ZACH GIBSON

Providence Fire Department gets $750K from feds for heavy-rescue truck

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Fire Department was awarded $750,000 in federal funds for a new heavy-rescue truck, the R.I. congressional delegation announced Wednesday. The funds...
THE FEMA disaster recovery centers set up in Westerly and Middletown after Hurricane Sandy will close permanently on Friday.

Feds grant $4.2M to R.I. fire departments

WARWICK – Following up on previous federal support for Rhode Island fire departments to  train, equip and recruit firefighters, the state’s congressional delegation announced...
CRANSTON MAYOR ALLAN W. FUNG thanked Rhode Island's congressional delegation for its help in securing funding to help hire and retain 15 firefighter going forward. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

FEMA grants $2.7 million to Cranston for more firefighters

PROVIDENCE – Cranston’s fire department is receiving $2.7 million in federal grants to help add 15 firefighters to its staff. The Staffing for Adequate Fire...

Reed announces $170K to R.I. to improve dam safety

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will receive $169,542 in federal dam-safety grant funding to rehabilitate, repair or remove high-hazard potential dams, Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I.,...
FIVE FIRE DEPARTMENTS in Rhode Island were granted $1.2 million from FEMA's Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

5 R.I. fire departments receive $1.2M in grants for training, equipment

PROVIDENCE – Five Rhode Island fire departments will receive a total of $1.2 million in federal grants for training and equipment, the state’s congressional...
U.S. SEN. JACK REED, D-R.I., announced with other members of the Ocean State's congressional delegation that the Narragansett and West Warwick fire departments will receive a combined $289,720 from federal programs to train personnel and purchase equipment. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JOSHUA ROBERTS

Narragansett, West Warwick fire departments receive $289.7K for training, equipment

PROVIDENCE – The Narragansett and West Warwick Fire departments will receive a combined $289,720 in federal funding for training and equipment, U.S. Sens. Jack...
AN AMENDMENT TO flood-prone area zoning laws related to the elevation of homes above flooding projections has reined in potential massive height variances for new homes. It is expected to result in more-resilient homes being built in Rhode Island. This home in North Kingstown along Narragansett Bay was built with the idea that flood waters could flow through the bottom floors without disturbing living space above. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Legislation alters flood-area zoning height exemptions

PROVIDENCE – Among the bills signed into law by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo following the most recent legislative session, one included a zoning ordinance...
FEMA WILL tie insurance premiums through the National Flood Insurance Program to the actual flood risk facing individual homes nationwide starting in October 2020. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

Climate advocates cheer Trump policy shift on flood insurance

NEW YORK - Climate advocates say an overhaul of the nation’s flood insurance program being unveiled by the Trump administration will spur communities around...

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