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Emergency Management Agency


Wayne Barnes, Planner I / Deputy EMA Director
E-mail:  wbarnes@cityofeastprov.com

Planning Department
145 Taunton Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914

Office phone: 435-7531, Ext. 11151

The East Providence Emergency Management Agency (EMA), housed within the Planning Department, plans and prepares for natural, manmade and terrorist disasters. The agency 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, RI Emergency Management Agency, and FEMA on emergency management initiatives.

Emergency Management News and Activity:

New! East Providence Emergency Management Agency is now a "Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador". This initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation's readiness against extreme weather, water. and climate events. Watch for more details on this initiative in the coming weeks. Click on their website link for more information on the program. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/ .

East Providence EMA is on Facebook. The Facebook page includes updates on any local emergencies, general City emergency management activities, and forecasts for non-routine weather. We'll also upload some pictures from local weather events. Link to us here: https://www.facebook.com/EastProvEMA .

The City's FEMA-approved five-year East Providence Hazard Mitigation Plan is being updated and is up for re-certification in 2015. Comments or suggestions are always more than welcome, e-mail them to the address at the top of this webpage.

East Providence EMA and the School Department are working together along with East Providence Police to improve safety and security at our schools. EMA has been awarded a State Homeland Security Program grant to purchase new emergency communications equipment for all of our public schools.

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 our own Guide to National Weather Service Watches, Warnings and Advisories

Hurricane Awareness: Here is our 2014_Hurricane_Presentation to the City Council. Atlantic hurricane season was very lean, even more so than expected; but preparedness for severe weather is always in season.

The RI Department of Health is monitoring the situations with the seasonal flu and Ebola. Click on their website for more information. We'll pass along information as we get it.

The First 72 Is On You Individual Preparedness Checklist from East Providence Emergency Management and the RI Emergency Management Agency.

City Floodplain Program: 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 flood insurance. Our office is available to answer general questions on this program, including whether your property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), which zone, and your area's 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 435-7531, Ext. 11151 for more information.

Community Rating System: The City of East Providence is enrolled in FEMA's "Community Rating System" (CRS), which provides a 5% discount on flood insurance premiums for policy holders in East Providence flood zones. We are the 6th CRS community, and the first CRS City, in Rhode Island. This discount applies upon policy renewal after May 1, 2014. Please call our office if you have any questions.

Red Cross Shelter: East Providence High School is the official Red Cross emergency shelter in a disaster.

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 and not for an "official" determination, but it's very accurate and a great place to start. Call our office at the number above if you need flood zone assistance.

Flood Insurance rates are increasing a lot for many policy holders due in part to 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.

General Emergency Preparedness information is available on the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency website. The FEMA preparedness webpage, http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/ offers assistance on preparing for many different potential hazards.

Additional Preparedness Links:
Department of Homeland Security
FEMA Homepage:  Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  
Official Flood Insurance Maps:  FEMA Map Service Center  . 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.