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RefDesk - A comprehensive Web Site that indexes quality, credible
and timely resources that are free and family-friendly.


Intellicast - The world's largest commercial meteorological database, incorporating U.S. National Weather Service, U.S. military, international governments and agencies, and commercial vendors.

National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) All Hazard Monitor - The NOAAWatch Web site is a Web portal offering information about ongoing environmental events, and explains the role of NOAA in prediction, monitoring, and recovery from environmental hazards.

National Weather Service (NWS) - Provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.

NWS Storm Prediction Center


United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) - Is a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security and the public and private sectors. Established in 2003 to protect the nation's Internet infrastructure, US-CERT coordinates defense against and responses to cyber attacks across the nation.

Rhode Island Alerts Center - Service provided by the State of Rhode Island

Homeland Security Advisory System - Is designed to guide our protective measures when specific information to a particular sector or geographic region is received. It combines threat information with vulnerability assessments and provides communications to public safety officials and the public.

City of Providence, Division of Traffic Engineering Traffic Restrictions

Homeland Security

White House Office of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Lead agency for the unified national effort to secure America. DHS will prevent and deter terrorist attacks and protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the nation.

Transport Safety Administration (TSA) - TSA protects the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - Primary mission is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) Emergency Preparedness & Response - This site is intended to increase the nation's ability to prepare for and respond to public health emergencies.

Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA)

Local Emergency Planning Committee 2 (LEPC-2) - The LEPC, lead by the Providence Fire Department has established several goals: First, enhance the protection of the community and the environment from hazardous materials incidents through planning, preparation, and communication between citizens, business, and government. Second, inform and educate the public about chemical facilities in the community and actions that can be taken in the event of an accidental chemical spill or release into the environment. Lastly, work to assist governmental and emergency response agencies in being well prepared to respond to and handle any and all emergencies, associated with chemical spills or releases that may occur.

Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN)

City Ordinances

Situational Awareness

CIA World Fact Book

Department of State (DOS) Background Notes

Law Enforcement

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Most Wanted

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Terrorism Information

Providence Police

Fire Fighting

Fire Prevention - The Providence Fire Department protects human life and property from fire, prevents fire by monitoring property owner compliance with safety ordinances, provides "first responder" emergency and services, and educates the community through school and neighborhood programs.

Roads & Traffic

RI Department of Transportation (DOT) Traffic Management System - Provides up-to-date information and advisories, information regarding highway maintenance projects, road closures, traffic disruptions and future plans. The site also provides updated video snapshots from the TMC cameras positioned on major road systems around the state.


MircoSoft Live Search Maps - Find businesses, people, collections, or places.

TerraFly - Provides commercial satellite and aerial images to make better decisions in the fields of land surveying, mapping, planning, and development.

Rhode Island Maps


Official US Time - This public service is cooperatively provided by the two time agencies of the United States: a Department of Commerce agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and its military counterpart, the U. S. Naval Observatory (USNO).


Federal News Service (FNS) - Founded in 1985 in response to an urgent and growing need for immediate verbatim transcripts of government briefings, speeches, press conferences and other newsmaker events to the many domestic and international news bureaus in Washington, D. C.

Providence Area News Papers

Breaking News Stations

Local breaking news

National breaking news

International breaking news


Rhode Island American Red Cross (ARC) - The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers, that provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

Rhode Island Salvation Army - A disaster response network of volunteers, ready day or night to refresh and comfort fire fighters, rescue workers, police officers & victims of a sudden catastrophe.


Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission - The Public Utilities Commission serves as a quasi-judicial tribunal with jurisdiction, powers, and duties to implement and enforce the standards of conduct under and to hold investigations and hearings involving the rates, tariffs, tolls, and charges, and the sufficiency and reasonableness of facilities and accommodations of railroad, ferry boats, gas, electric distribution, water, telephone, telegraph, and pipeline public utilities, the location of railroad depots and stations, and the control of grade crossings, the revocation, suspension or alteration of certificates.

National Grid - Provides both Gas and Electric power to Rhode Island.

Cox Cable - A full-service provider of telecommunications products, Cox offers an array of advanced digital video, high-speed Internet and telephony services over its own nationwide IP network, as well as integrated wireless services in partnership with Sprint.

Providence Water Supply Board - Providence Water operates the largest water utility in the State of Rhode Island.


T.F. Green Airport - The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation operates and maintains the state's airport system. The Rhode Island Airport Corporation is responsible for five general aviation airports throughout the state: Block Island, Newport, North Central, Quonset and Westerly.

AMTRAK - Provides passenger rail service to Providence.

Providence & Worcester RR - Provides commercial / freight rail service to Providence.

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) - RIPTA is a quasi-public, independent authority. Established in 1966, RIPTA is authorized to operate public transit services throughout the State of Rhode Island.

US Coast Guard (USCG) Home Port - Oversees the Port of Providence.


Rhode Island Emergency 911 - The Rhode Island Enhanced 9-1-1 Uniform Telephone System provides twenty-four hour, statewide emergency public safety communications services from one answering point located in North Providence through the universal emergency number 9-1-1.

Reverse 911 - A commercial communications solution that uses a patented combination of database and GIS mapping technologies to deliver outbound notifications.

RI Department of Health


FEMA Independent Study Program - The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

US Fire Administration - The mission of USFA is to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies, through leadership, advocacy, coordination and support. We provide public education, training, technology, and data initiatives.

Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) - The nation's premier all-hazards training center! FEMA's CDP, located in Anniston, Alabama, is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center.

Volunteer Programs

Citizens Corps - Citizen Corps asks the public to embrace the personal responsibility to be prepared; to get training in first aid and emergency skills; and to volunteer to support local emergency responders, disaster relief, and community safety.

American Red Cross - Red Cross volunteers provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NOVAD) - NVOAD coordinates planning efforts by many voluntary organizations responding to disaster. Member organizations provide more effective and less duplication in service by getting together before disasters strike.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) - The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Fire Corps - Fire Corps promotes the use of citizen advocates (volunteers) to support and augment the capacity of resource-constrained fire and emergency service departments at all levels: volunteer, combination, and career.

Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) - This program serves as a gateway to information for law enforcement agencies and citizens interested in law enforcement volunteer programs. The program's ultimate goal is to enhance the capacity of state and local law enforcement agencies by incorporating the time and skills that volunteers can contribute to a community law enforcement agency.

Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) - MRC strives to improve the health and safety of communities across the country by organizing and utilizing public health, medical and other volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

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