Peter Gaynor confirmed as FEMA Deputy Administrator

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) -- The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) Director Peter Gaynor just received a major promotion.

Gaynor was just appointed to become the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He's been through his fair share of storms in Rhode Island and now with the entire country to cover, his future looks very busy.

"When you look at past years storms, and you look at [Hurricane] Michael this past week, it is really evident that people need to be prepared" Gaynor said.

Gaynor said with his new position, he's expecting to scale up from his previous position in Rhode Island.

"It's a whole different scale right? So I had to scale up moving from the local city of Providence to the state, and I'm going to have to really scale up moving from Rhode Island to the Feds," Gaynor explained.

Gaynor said he is proud of his team's work at RIEMA, which includes achieving national accrediation from the Emergency Management Program. He's also hoping his temporary replacement, Mark Pappus, will become his permanent replacement.

"He's been fully capable and a great teammate to our partners in the state," Gaynor said.

He said his job at FEMA is full-time, so he will be moving to Washington D.C. But he said he won't be completely gone from Rhode Island.

"​​​​​​I will still be here at times," Gaynor said. "I will commute a little bit back and forth. I will have a place down in DC, but I don't think you ever really leave Rhode Island, You always come back."

Gaynor said he's not exactly sure when his first day on the new job will be, but it will likely be within the next two weeks.

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