By LINDSAY OLIVIER
EXETER â€“ If a natural disaster hit, would you know the evacuation route or what resources were available to you within town?
The role of the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) has been to protect life and property in the event of a natural and technical disaster or crisis situation, including fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, winter storms, chemical releases and weapons of mass destruction and terrorism incidents.
Hurricane Irene has hit Narragansett and the southern Rhode Island coast as a tropical storm as of 9 a.m. Giant waves struck exposed, low-lying areas such as Black Point, and Scarborough State Beach is entirely inaccessible.
For continuing coverage of Hurricane Irene and its aftermath, stay with The Narragansett Times.
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