FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 26, 2011
Contact: Wayne Barnes
Deputy EMA Director
The City of East Providence is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Irene as it moves northward toward New England. The City’s Emergency Operations Center is operational and being staffed by officials from the Police, Fire, Public Works Departments and the Emergency Management Agency.
There is information available regarding the City’s response and preparation for this major threat to the City. The City’s website, www.eastprovidenceri.net , is regularly being updated with the latest weather forecast and other information regarding storm preparation. Residents with additional questions not answered on the website can call the Police and Fire Dispatch Center at 435-7600 twenty-four hours a day.
Emergency Hurricane Shelter: The City with the assistance of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Red Cross will open an emergency shelter at the East Providence Senior Center, 610 Waterman Avenue. The shelter is scheduled to open at 4:00 pm on Saturday and will be available for as long as it is needed.
Residents of low-lying areas that are vulnerable to flooding are encouraged to evacuate and seek shelter with family, relatives or friends at higher ground, or if such an option is not available, to utilize the Senior Center designated shelter as noted above.
Boaters: The City’s Harbormaster is "strongly urging" people to make plans to remove their boats from the moorings of East Providence, if possible. If not, please check your chafe gear and add extra lines, DO NOT add extra scope due to the density of the mooring areas. If you can't be hauled out you may want to seek shelter in a Marina slip.
Pet Owners: The City cannot accept pets at the East Providence hurricane shelter. Please visit the RI DEM website, http://www.dem.ri.gov/animals , for information on how animal owners can prepare their pets before, during and after the storm. Visit http://www.ridart.org , for information on the state-approved pet shelter at the Thayer Arena, 975 Sandy Lane in Warwick, which opens Saturday at 3:00 pm.
Residents are encouraged to monitor news broadcasts and our website as listed above for the latest information on Hurricane Irene.