- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state’s emergency management officials are practicing for how they would respond in the event of a railway incident.

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency says it’s conducting a large-scale tabletop exercise to examine and improve community preparedness and resilience for a hazardous materials railway incident.

The exercise will take place Wednesday in Central Falls, Rhode Island.

The exercise scenario focuses on an incident occurring in the Valley Falls Railroad Yard.

RIEMA Director Peter Gaynor says that in light of recent railway incidents across the nation, it’s important to test Rhode Island’s processes and procedures.

The exercise is nationally recognized and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Gov. Gina Raimondo and other local, state and federal officials plan to participate.

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