On Saturday, November 9, 2019 the Aquidneck Island Emergency Volunteer Alliance in collaboration with the Town of Middletown, City of Newport and Town of Portsmouth will be conducting it first ever Emergency Preparedness Fair at the Gaudet Middle School Gymnasium on Turner Road in Middletown from 9 am to 12 pm. 

“It’s never too late to prepare for whatever may come our way this winter.  Are you ready? Do you have a plan?,” asks the Edward King House Senior Center in a press release that announces the event.

Further Event Details

The Aquidneck Island Emergency Volunteer Alliance is bringing together the professionals who can help Aquidneck Island residents to connect to important resources when emergency services and information are needed the most.  Participants will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with emergency response personnel with questions and concerns, sign up for available services and are encouraged to join our efforts in becoming a local volunteer to respond when the need arises.

The event will be headlined by WJAR Channel 10 Chief Meteorologist Mark Searles who will provide important local and state weather information throughout the morning.  Also joining us will be representatives from the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA),the Rhode Island Special Needs Registry (RISNER) from the Rhode Island Department of Health, the American Red Cross, National Grid, the Newport Ham Radio Club and Police and Fire Departments from Middletown, Newport and Portsmouth. As a special added feature, emergency vehicles from the around the state will be available for public viewing in the parking lot by the gymnasium entrance.

This event is free, family friendly and open to the public.  For more information contact Carmela Geer at 401-743-3197.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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