Preparedness for Residents

Preparedness Information for Residents
Narragansett Emergency Management strives to provide the most up-to-date information to its residents and visitors to enable them to plan and prepare for man-made and natural disasters. It is essential that citizens are prepared and have a plan before disaster strikes. Disasters can occur even on the sunniest of days and in the most secure locations so no amount of prevention can eliminate all risk. Narragagansett EMA may not be immediately able or capable of providing assistance so citizens need to be able to support themselves until resources are available.
Be Informed
Get the latest up to date information

One of the most important steps in being prepared for emergencies or disasters is to be informed with the latest information.  Narragansett Emergency Management has identified several ways to both push and receive information from residents during disasters or emergencies.  
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Step 1: Register for Emergency Notifications via text, email or phone call

The Narragansett Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has implemented a system called Everbridge as part of the Town Emergency Operations Plan that can deliver critical communications directly to residents about crucial life-safety related information or essential community notifications.

The Everbridge system uses the latest computer technology along with geographic information to provide NEMA staff with the ability to deliver customized messages to all landline telephones and those whose phone number(s) have been registered with the database.  This system supports sending notifications to landline and cellular telephones as well as text messages and emails and allows the users to determine the delivery preferences.  The service is free to the public, however text message fees by wireless carriers may apply.  

The system has been successfully used many times for notifications about road closures, parking bans, severe weather messaging, and community messaging about vaccination points of dispensing.  

"To be successful we need to have as many of our 16,000 residents register as possible," says Chris McGrath of NEMA.  "The more registered users we have, the more timely, accurate information we can provide to the community to help them take action that could save their lives."

Registration is quick and easy and can be performed online through our website or by stopping at the Fire Department, Engineering Department, Public Works Department or Town Managers Office.  

For a link to the online registration form please click on the EVERBRIDGE logo above or click: REGISTER FOR EVERBRIDGE
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CodeRED provided by Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.

The Rhode Island Emergency Management (RIEMA) has impemented the CodeRED rapid emergency notification system designed to deliver critical communications that alerts citizens about crucial life safety-related information, for the State of Rhode Island.  Narragansett residents are encouraged to visit the RIEMA website [www.riema.ri.gov] to learn more about the CodeRED system and how it can provide additional information for residents who may work or frequent other locations throughout the state.  Being registered for both CodeRED and the Narragansett Everbridge system will ensure that you will receive critical messaging to all your devices no matter where you are located.
Step 2: Register for the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry
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Who Should Enroll
Any individual, regardless of age, who has a chronic condition, disability, special healthcare need, or may require additional assistance during a time of emergency. Some examples include people who:
  • Use life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or are insulin dependent;
  • Have mobility disabilities 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 mental health disabilities; or
  • Use assistance animals or a prosthesis.
If an individual cannot complete the enrollment form themselves, a family member, caregiver, or authorized representative can enroll the individual on their behalf. While enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, it allows first responders to appropriately plan, prepare for, and respond to the needs of the community.

How Your Information Is Used
The information submitted to the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry is shared with local and state first responders and emergency management officials. These officials utilize the information to plan for, mitigate, respond to and recover from emergencies. Additionally, 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. 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 that have a reason to access the information are authorized to do so.
Enrollment Forms
You can enroll in the Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry online. However, if you are unable to complete the online form, a paper form is available at the Narragansett Police or Fire Department or by clicking below to print. 

Step 3: National Grid Life Sustaining Equipment Program
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National Grid customers with “Life Sustaining Equipment”

After registering for the State of RI Special Needs Registry, if you rely on electrically operated life-sustaining medical devices, and you may be in immediate danger if your electric service is interrupted, please review our Notice of Life Sustaining Equipment form.
 
Please print, complete and return the form to:
National Grid
PO Box 960
Northboro, MA 01532-0960
Telephone: 1-800-322-3223

While we inform customers about planned power outages and work hard to restore service as quickly as possible during unplanned outages, restoration does take time.

We attempt to contact our customers on life-sustaining equipment before a planned outage. We also regularly review equipment requirements to stay up-to-date on our customers' needs.