Rhode Island declared FEMA disaster area

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FEMA Director Pater Gaynor, formally of R.I. Emergency Management Agency

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- President Donald Trump has approved Rhode Island’s designation as a federal disaster area, according to a statement released by Senator Jack Reed.

The news was relayed to Reed by Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Peter Gaynor, who had previously headed the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.

 “This disaster declaration recognizes the severity of the crisis Rhode Island is facing and will help the state access additional federal funding,’ Reed said. “It will also allow local governments and non-profit organizations to get federal assistance for community initiatives to provide emergency protective measures.”

Governor Gina Raimondo had declared a state of emergency on March 9. The order backdates the emergency to January 20.

Rhode Island now joins several other states, including Connecticut and Massachusetts, as a federally recognized disaster area.

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