Emergency Management Agency
Wayne Barnes, Planner I / Deputy EMA Director
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 trains volunteers, 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.
Local Weather: The website for the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Taunton, http://www.erh.noaa.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 .
New! Community Rating System: As of May 1, 2014, 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. Please call our office if you have any questions.
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 First 72 Is On You - Individual Preparedness Checklist from RI Emergency Management and East Providence Emergency Management.
The City's FEMA-approved five-year East Providence Hazard Mitigation Plan is being updated and will be up for recertification in 2015. Comments or suggestions are always welcome, e-mail them to the address at the top of this webpage. A Public Meeting to discuss and receive input on the Plan update will be held in August, time and venue to be determined.
Red Cross Shelter Volunteer Recruitment: East Providence High School is the official Red Cross emergency shelter in a disaster. The RI Chapter of the Red Cross will be offering a volunteer information and recruitment event in East Providence late in the summer, details will be posted as we receive them.
New Flood Insurance Rate Maps for the City and a new floodplain ordinance are now in effect. 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 435-7531, Ext. 11151 for more information.
Floodplain Mapping Tool: Need a quick idea of what flood zone you may be in? Click here for the new 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 an official 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.
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.