Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response


To create and promote a state of readiness and prompt response to protect the health of Rhode Islanders during catastrophic events, large-scale disasters, and other types of emergencies.

What We Do

Working with healthcare providers, public safety agencies, government officials, and the general public, we conduct assessment, planning, and response for a wide range of emergencies. We also coordinate education and support services for our partners.

Accomplishments 2010

  • H1N1 Response
  • Internal (Cannon Building) Flooding Response
  • Statewide Flooding Response
  • Operation Round Robin (PVD Airport) Full-Scale Exercise
  • Ingestion Pathways Full-Scale Exercise
  • Holiday Storm Response

Programs Within

Hospital Preparedness

Maintains and improves the health system capacity and capability in order to respond to public health emergencies more

Medical Emergency Distribution System/Strategic National Stockpile (MEDS/SNS)

Maintains the state's Medical Emergency Distribution System plan to receive and distribute medical countermeasures and medical supplies more

Pandemic Influenza

Prepares the State of Rhode Island for response to an influenza pandemic (more)