Executive Order 98-13
December 18, 1998
WHEREAS, the State of Rhode Island is geographically vulnerable to hurricanes, tornadoes, fresh water flooding, and other natural disasters that in the past have caused extensive loss of life and property and severe disruption to essential human services; and
WHEREAS, Rhode Island is one of the nation's most densely populated states, with two-thirds of the population living along the state's 420 miles of coastline; and
WHEREAS, the hurricanes of 1938 and 1954 caused the loss of 281 lives and over $1 billion (in today's dollars) in property damage, and Hurricane Bob in 1991 caused more than $115 million in property damage; and
WHEREAS, more than $83 billion worth of residential and commercial coastal property in Rhode Island are at risk from damage in a repeat of the 1938 and 1954 hurricanes, or in the event of a 100-year flood; and
WHEREAS, to protect our residents, the State of Rhode Island has embarked upon an unprecedented public/private partnership called the Showcase State Initiative in partnership with the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), the State of Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, Rhode Island Sea Grant at the University of Rhode Island/Coastal Resources Center, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region I, Rhode Island local governments and the business community; and
WHEREAS, the State of Rhode Island is committed to providing the highest possible level of protection to its citizens.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Lincoln Almond, by virtue of the authority vested, in me as Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations proclaim the State of Rhode Island a Showcase State for natural disaster resistance and resilience. In cooperation with public and private partners, the State will work: in 14 initial areas to demonstrate the benefits of takin9 specific, creative steps to help Rhode Island communities reduce deaths, injuries, property damage, economic losses and human suffering caused by natural disasters. The State, under the leadership of the Rhode .Island Emergency Management Agency, will do the following:
1. Identify state agencies and private sector entities responsible for implementing actions in each of the areas listed below. Executives with authority and accountability in these areas will be asked to develop a five-year strategic plan and a first-year plan.
This Executive Order shall take effect immediately upon the date hereof.