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Emergency Management Agency

The East Providence Emergency Management Agency (EMA), housed within the Planning Department, plans and prepares for natural and manmade disasters. The agency serves as the City's Floodplain Coordination Office, educates the public, coordinates evacuations and the opening of shelters, and provides meteorological support for the City. City EMA works closely with other local, state and federal agencies including the RI Department of Health, the RI Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA), and FEMA on emergency management initiatives.

EMA News and Activity

Public Health Advisory (December 5, 2017): The RI Department of Health has issued a Public Health Advisory due to a recent increase in drug overdoses in our area. Below is important information from the Department of Health.

  • Visit PreventOverdoseRI.org, a user-friendly website offering many resources for people who may be at risk of overdose, health care professionals who would like to learn more about treating addiction, as well as concerned family members and friends.
  • Use and share 401-942-STOP (7867), Rhode Island’s recovery hotline that connects individuals in crisis with treatment and recovery support. English and Spanish-speaking counselors licensed in chemical-dependency are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Carefully follow dosage instructions for opioid prescription pain medications. Opioids should only be taken as directed. Misuse and abuse of opioids can be illegal, extremely harmful, and even deadly.
  • Safely store opioid prescription pain medications in a locked container and out of reach of children – only one dose can cause an accidental overdose.
  • Get rid of medicines safely by locating a safe disposal site near you. Many locations in the state also offer opioid prescription pain medication disposal; make sure the drug disposal location accepts controlled substances. If a drug disposal site cannot be reached, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends flushing opioid prescription pain medications down the toilet.
  • Get life-saving naloxone at Rhode Island pharmacies without a prescription from a doctor. Learn how to properly use naloxone by asking your pharmacist, or watch this video.

Emergency Preparedness information is available on the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency website. The FEMA preparedness webpage, http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan offers assistance on preparing for many different potential hazards and for developing your own household emergency plan.

National Grid: To report a power outage, call 1-800-322-3223. To report an odor of natural gas, call 1-800-640-1595. Here's a link to National Grid's Power Outage Map to follow along when there are outages in the area:


Local Weather: The website for the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Taunton, http://www.weather.gov/box , displays all weather watches and warnings for the southern New England area on a regional map and provides forecasts and discussions. The site contains links to other NWS forecast offices nationwide, and to other NOAA weather-related sites. For local NWS Watch/Warning criteria, see this list of National Weather Service Warning Thresholds.    

2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update:  The FEMA-approved 2017 East Providence Hazard Mitigation Plan is available at the link below. Comments are always welcome. 2017 East Providence Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

Community Rating System: The City of East Providence is enrolled in FEMA's "Community Rating System" (CRS), which provides a discount on Federal flood insurance premiums for East Providence standard-rate policy holders. The discount for new standard-rate policies and those renewed after October 1, 2017 is 10%. Please call our office if you have any questions.

Red Cross Shelter: East Providence High School is the official Red Cross regional emergency shelter in a disaster. In times when a shelter is needed but demand will be limited, the Senior Center may be used.

Recent Flood Insurance Rate Map Changes: All Rhode Island cities and towns participate in FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program, which allows residents and business owners to purchase Federally-backed flood insurance. FEMA's Floodsmart website includes clear and detailed information on this program. Our office is available to answer general questions on this program, including whether a property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), which zone, and its base flood elevation. We can also answer inquiries regarding other natural hazards, flood-related or not. Please contact us by e-mail listed above, or call (401) 435-7500 x11151 for more information.

Floodplain Mapping Tool: Need a quick idea of what flood zone you may be in? Click here for the Rhode Island Floodmap Tool from RI Emergency Management. Zoom in on East Providence and as you get closer in, the FEMA flood zones will appear. The regulatory flood zone is in dark blue. This is for reference only, but it's very accurate and a great place to start. Call our office at the number above if you need a flood zone determination.

Additional Preparedness Links:
Department of Homeland Security
Official Flood Insurance Maps: FEMA Map Service Center: http://msc.fema.gov/portal . Call us at the number at the top of the page if you need help using the Map Service Center website.

Coastal flooding: FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers worked with the City to produce the East Providence Hurricane Inundation Map, based on potential for tidewater flooding resulting from a direct hit from hurricanes of Categories 1, 2, 3 or 4.

City of East Providence Floodplain Ordinance (Adopted by City Council August 20, 2013): Chapter 19, Zoning; Section 19-306 through 19-315, Special Flood Hazard Areas.

FEMA Library-_Protecting Your Home and Property from Flood Damage : Mitigation ideas for reducing flood loss.


Additional Links

Contact Information

Planning Department
145 Taunton Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914

Wayne Barnes, Senior Planner/ Deputy EMA Director

Phone: (401) 435-7500 x11151


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