Providence Emergency Management Issues Safety Tips for Extremely Cold Weather

Providence Emergency Management Issues Safety Tips for Extremely Cold Weather

Providence, RI
- Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Acting Emergency Management Director Kevin Kugel are warning residents to take precautions as extremely cold weather moves into the Southern New England area. With the predicted drop in temperatures, additional steps are needed in an effort to keep residents safe from frigid temperatures. 

EMA has asked residents to:
•    Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles; keep such devices away from all flammable materials
•    Install recommended smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (at least one of each per floor in your home)
•    Stay indoors and use safe heating sources
•    Indoors, do not use charcoal or other fuel-burning devices, such as grills, that produce carbon monoxide
•    Outdoors, stay dry and in wind protected areas
•    Wear several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing, covering all exposed skin during exposure
•    Bring household pets inside, if possible
•    Wear mittens, a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs
•    Watch for signs of frostbite-- Skin appears white and waxy, numbness or no feeling in that area and/or possible blisters
•    Watch for signs of hypothermia-- Shivering and numbness, confusion or dizziness, stumbling and weakness, slow or slurred speech and shock

In anticipation of colder weather, Providence Emergency Management Agency has identified the below Warming Centers located in Providence and confirmed their hours. Those affected by the cold or need assistance can call 3-1-1 during business hours or download the application for 24/7 submissions for city services. Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED for up-to-date emergency notifications or download the application at

To report downed powerlines call National Grid at 1-800-465-1212 or visit

If you or someone you know is in need of overnight shelter from the cold, call the United Way at 2-1-1 and they will direct you to a nearby facility. 

Providence Warming Centers

Davinci Center for Community Progress: 
470 Charles Street
Mon - Fri: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Federal Hill House: 
9 Courtland Street
Mon - Fri: 6:30 AM – 6 PM

Silver Lake Annex Multi-Purpose Community Center: 
529 Plainfield Street
Mon - Fri: 6:30 AM – 5 PM

Library Branches

Fox Point Library: 
90 Ives St
Mon: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Tues: 1 PM - 8 PM
Wed - Fri: 1 PM – 6 PM

Mt. Pleasant Library: 
315 Academy Ave
Mon - Tues: 1 PM - 9 PM
Wed: 12 PM – 6 PM
Thurs: 9:30 AM - 6 PM
Fri: 12 PM - 6 PM
Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM
Rochambeau Library: 
708 Hope St
Mon: 1 PM - 8:45 PM
Tues - Wed: 9:30 AM - 5:45 PM
Thurs: 1 PM - 8:45 PM
Fri -Sat: 12 PM - 5:45 PM
South Providence Library: 
441 Prairie Ave
Mon: 1 PM - 6 PM
Tues: 1 PM - 8 PM
Wed: 9 AM – 5:30 PM
Thurs - Fri: 1 PM - 6 PM
Wanskuck Library: 
233 Veazie St
Mon: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Tues - Wed: 1 PM – 6 PM
Thurs: 1 PM - 8 PM
Fri: 1 PM - 6 PM
Washington Park Library: 
1316 Broad St
9 AM - 5:30 PM
Tues - Wed: 1 PM – 6 PM
Thurs: 1 PM - 8 PM
Fri: 1 Pm - 6 PM

(release from City of Providence)