FEMA begins RI damage assessments

Now that the blizzard is behind Southern New Englanders, it's time to assess what went right and what went wrong.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Forward Observation Assessment teams went out across the state Tuesday to gather information.

Officials from the federal agency sat down with emergency management at the state and local levels and met with officials in Providence, Portsmouth, Westerly and Pawtucket.

Pawtucket's EMA director said they lost about 20 percent of the city and contractor snow removal equipment when they broke down during the storm.

The hope is the meetings will help Rhode Island better prepare for the next big disaster.

FEMA said no immediate financial aid will be given, but the information will help Gov. Lincoln Chafee decide if he wants to ask for federal aid.

But according to the governor's office, Chafee expects to ask for both public and individual assistance for those impacted by the storm.