Skip to main content
Scenes from The University of Rhode Island

Hurricane Sandy Tip Sheet

Media Contact: Communications and Marketing, 401-874-2116

What you can do to stay ahead of the storm
  • Continue to monitor the National Weather Service at and your local news station.
  • Sign up for the URI Emergency Notification System, for information on this please visit, or log directly into URI e-Campus.

  • Have an emergency kit and make a list of emergency contact numbers
  • Put the URI Emergency Phone number into your contact list: 401-874-2121
    PLEASE do not call this number unless it is a true emergency.
  • Non-emergency number 401-874-4910

  • If you live off-campus In addition to the items above
  • Follow all local orders for the town/city in which you live
  • Become familiar with the local evacuation routes
  • Storm surge and tides can cause flooding and is extremely dangerous

  • Be prepared: Visit and for more information.

    Be familiar with local shelters: Open shelters will be listed on local news stations. Listed on evacuation maps are on the RIEMA website. The list below contains addresses of a few local shelters.
    Listen to local announcements regarding their status:
  • South Kingstown High School: 215 Columbia St. Wakefield, RI 02879
  • Narragansett High School: 245 South Pier Rd. Narragansett, RI
  • Wickford Middle School: 250 Tower Hill Rd. N. Kingstown, RI 02852
  • Chariho High School: 453 Switch St. Wood River Junction, RI 02891
  • Providence Career & Technical Academy: 41 Fricker St. Providence, RI 02909
  • Neutaconkanut Comm. Center: 675 Plainfield St. Providence, RI 02909

    Terms to Know
    Watches, Warnings & Advisories
    -- A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.
    -- A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.
    -- Advisory: An advisory is issued when special weather conditions are less serious than a warning. If caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

    Other ways to stay up to date and receive tips
    Follow the Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security on Twitter to get the latest weather information and other useful tips, weather advisories from the National Weather Service, and more!
    **This does not replace the URI Emergency Notification System** or @RhodyReady

    Prepared by the URI Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security