Emergencies

Public health emergencies, such as floods, hurricanes, and health pandemics, are unpredictable. Taking steps to protect health and safety is a top priority in every emergency situation. There are simple things that you and your loved ones can do to better prepare for and respond to any public health emergency.

COVID-19 will impact how we prepare for and respond to public health emergencies. For more on how to prepare for an emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click on the “Resources” button. Resources

What You Should Do

Build a Kit

Build a Kit

Prepare for an emergency by gathering supplies, including a flashlight and extra batteries, first-aid kit, food and water, essential medicines, and copies of important documents stored in waterproof containers. Resources

Make a Plan

During an emergency, it is important to know how to reach family members. Pick meeting spots and designate a Rhode Island family emergency contact. Gather and make copies of contact and medical information for each family member. Make a plan for your pets. Make sure everyone is familiar with evacuation routes. more Resources

Stay Informed

During an emergency situation, listen to the radio and/or the TV and follow the advice of local or state officials. Check the Department's news page for the latest health information. Resources

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Build a Kit 

When a disaster or emergency occurs, you may need to survive on your own for a few days. Being prepared means that you have the items you will need (food, water, medications, etc.) ready so that you can survive for several days after an emergency. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. 

Because of COVID-19, whether you shelter at home or somewhere else, you’ll need masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting supplies. Make sure that your emergency kits and go-bags are COVID-ready. Here are some resources to help you gather the items you need.  

Make a Plan

Making a plan is the first step in emergency preparedness. You never know when a disaster will strike, so the best time to make a plan is now. Think about what types of disasters are likely to occur in your area. Think about your household and what specific needs you may have. Work together with your household to develop a plan that prepares every member. This year, you should expect that guidance for shelters during hurricanes or snowstorms will change because of COVID-19. COVID-19 needs to be part of your emergency planning. Here are some resources to help you plan for a public health emergency during COVID-19.  

Stay Informed 

During a public health emergency, it is important to follow information and guidance coming from federal, state, and local authorities. This includes following local news channels, weather alerts, and safety alerts for your hometown. You also need to stay up to date on COVID-19 guidance. Below are some resources to help you stay informed in the event of a public health emergency during COVID-19.  

Disasters won't stop for COVID-19