How is your town preparing for Tropical Storm Henri?

ABC6 has the latest on how towns in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are preparing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Henri. Scroll below for the most recent updates.



The latest from the City of Providence emphasizes checking if you are in a flood-prone or high-risk area. Additionally, you can find out if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone.

The City advises you to gather what you may need to evacuate ahead of time, and prepare for water and power outages. Additionally, make a plan ahead of time for where to seek shelter.

You can also sign up for CodeRED alerts.



City officials announced Friday that the gates to Easton’s Beach will be closed on Saturday and water will be off-limits to swimmers. Hazard Road will also be closed to the public starting Friday.

Residents and businesses owners are asked to secure outdoor items that could dislodge in the wind.

Public service crews will be on standby to respond to reports of fallen trees.

Motorists are asked to avoid low-lying areas and follow detours if street flooding occurs.

Aquidneck Island’s designated emergency shelter at Gaudet Middle School in Middletown is prepared to open if needed.

You can subscribe to city alerts at


New Shoreham/Block Island

The New Shoreham police department is urging anyone without a safe residence to make plans to leave the island by Sunday afternoon, as there is no emergency shelter. They expect ferries to be suspended late Saturday afternoon.


New Bedford

In his latest video update, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said the city is taking multiple measures to prepare for the storm, including cleaning out catch basins. They are looking for trees to trim to prevent them from falling onto power lines or property. Additionally, the City is securing anything that could becomes airborne during the storm.

Mayor Mitchell said more updates will be forthcoming. Mayor Mitchell urged residents to not go out on Sunday if possible. Additionally, secure anything in your yard that could become airborne and bring pets inside.

Mayor Mitchell also said that police will be out and keeping people away from the water.


Fall River

Mayor Paul Coogan and the City of Fall River want to remind residents of important phone numbers:

Department of Public Works (for downed trees and branches): (508-324-2760

Mayor’s Office: (508) 324-2600

National GRID:  1-800-465-1212

Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON

For members of the homeless population in need of shelter, reach out to the First Step Inn at 134 Durfee St. or call 508-679-8001.

Additional emergency shelter is available for anyone who needs it at the Timao Center at 371 Bay St.



The Holbrook Regional Emergency Communications Center will be ready to respond to storm-related emergencies, as will police and fire personnel. In an emergency, dial 9-1-1.

The HRECC also recommends the following tips:

  • Don’t go out during the storm if possible
  • Check flashlights and portable radios to confirm they’re working.
  • Fully charge your electronic devices
  • Make sure your car’s gas tank is at least half full in the event you need to evacuate.
  • Check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Ensure you have an emergency kit
  • Have an emergency food supply in the case of a power outage to sustain 72 hours
  • Set your refrigerator at its highest temperature
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away
  • NEVER run a generator indoors
  • Check on family and neighbors

Check if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Additional tips can be found here.



The town of Avon also asks residents to stay informed using the state’s emergency alert system.

“We urge all residents to be safe and use precautions during tropical storm- or hurricane-like conditions, and to stay indoors when possible,” said Avon Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Robert Spurr. “It is important to review the following safety tips. And during extreme weather conditions, as is always the case, Avon residents should call 911 in the case of an emergency.”

Residents are also asked to report power outages to their utility company. Do not call 911 to report an outage. 

The town of Avon wants to remind residents to remain cautious even after the storm passes. Heavy rain and strong winds can cause lingering problems like power outages, fallen debris and flooding that can block roadways.

Click here for power outage safety tips.


Check back for more updates

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