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RICHMOND â€” With climate changeâ€™s unpredictable weather patterns producing increasingly large storms, towns and cities need to anticipate every possible scenario in order to keep their residents safe. In response, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Joe Arsenault has created preparedness workshops that include hypothetical weather disaster scenarios so that town staff can plan and practice appropriate procedures.
On Monday, Arsenault presented a â€śtabletopâ€ť session for town staff and resident volunteers that included a hypothetical category three storm that caused commercial power outages, water supply cutoffs, and damage to more than 30 homes.
â€śThis is an exercise and opportunity for town employees and department heads to get together to discuss the scenario of a hurricane hitting the town and the impact itâ€™s going to have,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s an opportunity to learn, an opportunity for both sides to make sure weâ€™re all on the same page if this event does occur.â€ť
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