Governor Lincoln Chafee says he's confident that state and emergency services will be ready to deal with Hurricane Sandy, once she reaches Rhode Island's shores.
At a press conference in Warwick on Saturday, Chafee urged regular Rhode Islanders to get prepared for Sandy too, especially people who live in low-lying coastal areas.
"The damage is with the storm surge in these low-lying areas, preparing for it is the best thing we can do, especially in these low-lying areas where the storm surge sweeps up the bay. That's the damage we saw in 1954 and 1938." said Governor Chafee.
Chafee's pleas for preparation aren't falling on deaf ears.
Chelo's on the Waterfront is already closed for the season, but now the popular restaurant's employees are boarding up the windows, just in case.
"We don't want stuff blowing through the windows, flooding the building, anything like that." said the son of Chelo's owner, Brandon Chelo.
Governor Chafee also said that he's already been meeting with his emergency management team about Hurricane Sandy, going over possible scenarios.
Meetings that he will continue to have, until the storm is over.