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EMA workshops develop town’s storm readiness

July 24, 2014

RICHMOND — With climate change’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 “tabletop” 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.
“This 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 it’s going to have,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to learn, an opportunity for both sides to make sure we’re all on the same page if this event does occur.”

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