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RIEMA Director Peter Gaynor to Testify at Homeland Security Committee Hearing on Emergency Preparedness

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Jim Langevin has invited Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) Director Peter Gaynor to testify today before the Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communication to discuss the alert and warning systems used by federal, state, and local governments. The hearing, entitled “Ensuring Effective and Reliable Alerts and Warnings,” was called following a false missile warning issued in Hawaii on January 13.

“As RIEMA’s director since 2015 and the former director of Providence EMA, Peter is an expert in the field of emergency management, and I’m sure my colleagues on the subcommittee will benefit from his insights,” said Congressman Langevin. “I look forward to hearing his firsthand experiences about the need for our communities to maintain trust in the communications systems we rely on at all levels of government to distribute critical information during emergencies.”

“There are very few things of more importance than reliable alert, notification, and communication systems at the local, state and federal levels with which to warn the public of impending emergencies,” said Director Gaynor. “I am honored that Congressman Langevin invited me to testify before the committee on these critical systems that we depend on within the State of Rhode Island to successfully achieve our mission.”

Director Gaynor will testify today at approximately 11:00 a.m. Watch it live here.