Emergency Management Updates
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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.

Local EMA Activity

Hurricane Preparedness: The National Hurricane Center, online at www.nhc.noaa.gov , produces forecasts for up to 5 days for active tropical systems four times a day. Below is our 2017 Hurricane Brochure with includes a preparedness checklist, info on New England hurricanes, and an explanation of the National Hurricane Center graphics and the "cone of uncertainty".

East Providence Hurricane Brochure

Additional 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.

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 2017 East Providence Hazard Mitigation Plan has been approved by FEMA and was formally adopted by the East Providence City Council on March 7, 2017. Comments are always welcome. It can be viewed using this link: 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 5% discount on federal flood insurance premiums for East Providence policy holders. The discount for new and renewed floodplain policies will increase to 10% starting October 1, 2017. 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.

Flood Insurance rates are increasing a lot for many policy holders due in part to recently approved changes in the National Flood Insurance Program. For more information on these changes, please see FEMA's Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act Overview .                        

National Grid: To report a power outage, call 1-800-322-3223. To report an odor of natural gas, call 1-800-640-1595.

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.

Additional Local Floodplain Resources : This document includes a description of common flood areas in the City, flood safety tips and more.

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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