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Tropical Storm Henri 8/22/21 UPDATE:

Henri Update: August 22, 2021. 0900 AM:

The East Providence Senior Center will be closed on Monday, August 23. All activities on Monday, August 23 are canceled. 

RIEMA continues to monitor now downgraded Tropical Storm Henri

Here is the latest information regarding the weather and potential impacts on Rhode Island:

Current Information:

* No big changes. Looks like landfall as a Tropical Storm near Block Island (maybe just west) then near Westerly and Charlestown around 2 PM.

Forecast:

Sunday:

Tropical storm conditions. Northeast winds 20 to 30 mph gusts to 40 mph.

Becoming southeast and increasing to 40 to 50 mph gusts to 60 mph this afternoon.

Sunday Night:

Tropical storm conditions are expected, showers are likely in the evening. Humid.

Temperatures in the lower 70’s. South winds 40 to 50 mph gusts to 55 mph. Diminishing 10 to 15 mph after midnight.

MONDAY:

Mostly cloudy in the morning then partly sunny with a chance of showers in the afternoon. Humid highs in the lower 80’s South winds 10 to 15 mph.

Impacts

Could see gusts as high as 60-80 mph along RI coast and 40-60 mph inland.

Some concern for storm surge flooding with hightide this evening (~9 pm) on Narragansett Bay. Winds shift to S/SW behind Henri which will keep water piling up after low tide this afternoon.

Expecting a surge of 3 to 5 feet which will bring 1 to 2 feet of inundation (above ground), perhaps as much as 3 feet in a few locations.

 

Tropical Storm Henri 8/21/21 UPDATE:

Good evening,

This is a message from the Office of Mayor Bob DaSilva with a Tropical Storm Henri alert.

There will be no trash collection on Monday, August 23. Trash Collection will be delayed by a day.

We are asking YOU, our residents, to stay home on Sunday. If you haven’t already please do the following tonight.

  • Bring in or secure outdoor furniture & trash bins.
  • Secure your generators outdoors
  • Charge phones & other devices.
  • Have a flashlight handy.
  • Keep portable radio nearby
  • Have a First Aid Kit handy
  • Keep enough non-perishable items on hand that will last 3-5 days
  • State shelters are open as of 8 p.m. tonight. Masks are required.

For a list of state shelters & additional storm details please visit eastprovidenceri.gov

Thank you. Please be safe. Please stay home and have a wonderful evening.

Resources:

RIEMA: http://www.riema.ri.gov/prepare/weather/index.php

National Grid RI Outage Map: https://outagemap.ri.nationalgridus.com/

Enroll in outage text alerts for outages and updates by texting REG to 64743. Once registered, to report an outage text OUT. To check status of your outage, text STAT.

 

Tropical Storm Henri 8/20/21 UPDATE: 

Due to the impending Tropical Storm Henri, we are asking our residents to be prepared.

Tropical Storm Henri is a serious threat and is expected to make landfall in Rhode Island on Sunday.

The storm is expected to bring gusty winds to hurricane-force winds, heavy rain, storm surge and some coastal flooding. We expect downed trees and power outages.

We are asking our residents to be prepared by doing the following today and tomorrow in preparation of Sunday’s storm:

  • Bring in or secure outdoor furniture and trash bins.
  • Secure your generators outdoors (not indoors)
  • Charge phones and other electronic devices.
  • Keep a flashlight with fully charged batteries handy.
  • Keep a battery-operated portable radio nearby
  • A First Aid Kit
  • Keep enough non-perishable items on hand that will last three to five days
  • We are preparing our Emergency operation Center and preparing our local emergency shelters. Additional information on these shelters will be made available tomorrow and Sunday.
  • Shelters, once open, will provide food and water, but we are asking residents to bring their own toiletries, entertainment, and snacks.

Thank you. Please be safe and have a wonderful evening.

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

 

EMA News and Activity

Emergency Preparedness information is available here, through the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency  (RIEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry:

Enrolling in the Special Needs Emergency Registry lets police, fire, and other first responders in your community better prepare for and respond to your needs during a hurricane, storm, or other emergency.

Many people may need extra help during a time of emergency, including people who:

  • Use life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or who have chronic conditions and require treatment (e.g., diabetics requiring insulin);
  • Have mobility needs and use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or other mobility device;
  • Are visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or Deaf;
  • Have speech, cognitive, developmental or behavioral health disabilities; or
  • Use assistive animals or a prosthesis.

The information submitted to the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry is shared with local and state first responders and emergency management officials. Your information is held confidentially and only accessed to assist in your safety and well-being. The Department of Health and RIEMA have worked with E-911 to notify first responders when they are responding to a household that may have someone enrolled in the Registry. While enrolling in the special needs registry does not guarantee assistance, this notification allows first responders additional time to consider how to best respond to that incident. Please note that strict confidentiality is maintained at all times and only those who have a reason to access the information are authorized to do so.

Power Outages

To report a power outage, call 1-800-465-1212 during busy outage times. To report an odor of natural gas, call 1-800-640-1595. For updates on outages, view National Grid's Power Outage MapWhen there are outages, the restoration times shown are subject to change, so use this with caution for short-term guidance.

National Weather Service Updates

National Weather Service (NWS) displays all weather watches and warnings for the southern New England area on a regional map and provides forecasts and discussions and contains inforrmation to other NOAA weather-related information. For local NWS Watch/Warning criteria, see this list of National Weather Service Warning Thresholds.    

 

Hazard Mitigation

The 2017 FEMA-approved East Providence Hazard Mitigation Plan 

Red Cross

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

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 policyholders. The discount for all standard-rate policies is 10 percent. Please call our office if you have any questions, or if you believe that the 10 percent discount is not reflected on your bill.

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 the FEMA 100-year floodplain, which particular zone it is in, and your nearby base flood elevation. We can also answer inquiries regarding other natural hazards, flood-related or not. 

Floodplain Mapping

Need a quick idea of what flood zone you may be in? Click here for the Rhode Island Flood Mapping 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.

Coastal Flooding

FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers works with the City to produce the East Providence Hurricane Inundation Map, based on the 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.