Warwick city officials consider emergency shelters in preparation for snow storm

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WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE)- City officials in Warwick met on Thursday to discuss how they are preparing for the incoming snow storm over the weekend.

The Mayor, Department of Public Works, Warwick Police and Fire are all preparing for a massive response to the storm.

Warwick Mayor Frank Picozzi says that overall the city is in good shape for the storm.

“We haven’t seen a storm like this – the last time we did, I wasn’t Mayor, I’ve only been here for a year. We’ve had some relatively small storms, but the city’s been doing this for a long time and we’re going to get through it,” says Mayor Picozzi.

The city already has trucks ready to go and expects to begin pre-treating the roads as temperatures go down.

“We have 54 plow routes and we have them all covered. We have 8 private contractors with 11 trucks,” says Chief of Highway Richard Gallant.

On top of tackling snow, the city is preparing for outages in the even of high winds.

Warwick Fire Chief Peter McMichael says Pilgrim and Tollgate would act as emergency shelters in the event of outages and are equipped with generators.

“We just hired 23 new firefighters. That couldn’t have come at a better time for this storm,” says McMichael.

Officials will make the call Thursday night on whether or not to open in the city, depending on the latest forecast.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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