4 Simple Ways to Prepare for a Hurricane in RI

Ready or Not, It’s Hurricane Season

Are you prepared? Even though we’re halfway through this year’s hurricane season, the potential for a significant Atlantic storm doubles in August and September. While we may see blue skies today, a little preparation goes a long way should the weather take a turn.

United Way’s 2-1-1 is here to take your call 24 hours a day — even in a hurricane.

Get prepared

The best time to prepare for a storm is when we’re not expecting one. Here are four simple things you can do today to ensure you’re ready:

  1. Stock up on water and canned goods
  2. Pick up an extra flashlight and batteries
  3. Update your household first aid kit
  4. Make a written list of emergency phone numbers

Consider picking up a few extra items every time you shop, and if a storm approaches, you’ll be ready. The National Hurricane Center recommends having a three-day supply of food and water for each family member.

You can begin preparing today, by getting more information on storm preparation, including a downloadable shopping list.

Caring for elderly family members: Rhode Island’s Special Needs Registry

If you or someone in your home is elderly or has disabilities, take some time now to complete an application with the Special Needs Emergency Registry. The registry lets police, fire, and other first responders prepare to meet your needs during a hurricane, storm, or other emergencies.

Sign up for Rhode Island’s Special Needs Emergency Registry online, or call 2-1-1 and we’ll help you complete the application.

What can 2-1-1 do for you during and after a storm?

When a state of emergency is announced, the 2-1-1 call center is activated by the Governor’s Office to provide information to the public. Our team receives updates from public officials, the Rhode Island Department of Emergency Management, and local utility companies.

During a storm you can call 2-1-1 for:

  • A list of emergency shelters
  • Local evacuation information and road closures
  • Assistance with the Special Needs Registry

Remember, those are only a few of the reasons to call 2-1-1 during a storm. Along with calling, follow us on Twitter @liveunitedri and Facebook #LiveUnitedRI to get the latest information.


United Way’s 2-1-1 answers the call, every day, 365 days a year, because help starts here, Rhode Island.