Emergency Management

Quick Links (see details of each below)


In An Emergency Dial 911

For Non-emergencies call Portsmouth Police Dispatch at 683-0300


The former EMA Web Site "PortsmouthEmergency . com" is no longer active.

For current information, please go directly to the Resource Links below  for Emergency Information.


How to Get Emergency Management Information

1.  View the Portsmouth Emergency BLOG

The EMA BLOG will give you a running list of messages and alerts during an incident.

"NOTIFY ME" - Get Notified Automatically: To get automatic notifications when Emergency Blogs are issued add it to your town "Notify Me" List  (Click Here to go to the Notify Me listings)

2.  Go to the Emergency Management Facebook Page

 The Emergency Management Facebook page ( www.facebook.com/PortsmouthEmergency )  is the place to go for current information during an emergency.

3.  Go to the Emergency Management Twitter Feed

On the Portsmouth Emergency Twitter Feed ( https://twitter.com/PortsmouthEmerg ) the emergency operations staff will be providing information on an on-going emergency.

4.  Monitor Local Radio Stations

  • Monitor AM radio stations WADK 1540 and WSAR 1480

5.  For Electrical Issues, Power Outages or Natural Gas Supply Issues

In an Emergency Dial 911

Non-Emergency Situations - call Police Dispatch  401-683-0300

Emergency Management Resources

How to Be Prepared

Download the Portsmouth Hurricane Brochure .

Download the latest Portsmouth Hurricane Evacuation Map .

Visit www.ready.gov for a wealth of preparedness information from our federal emergency management partners at FEMA.

Special Needs Registry

Do you or someone in your family have a chronic condition, disability, or special healthcare need that might require assistance in time of emergency? Please enroll now in The RI Special Needs Emergency Registry. Enroll online or call the Portsmouth Fire Department at 683-1200 for assistance in enrolling via paper form. All information is confidential and access is restricted to emergency response personnel.


Sign up for CodeRed (Click Here)

What is CodeRED and why is it important to me?

CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system.

I signed up before for Code Red with Portsmouth Water and Fire District. Do I need to re-enter my information?

No. If you signed up for Code Red with the Portsmouth Water and Fire District you are already in the system. You don’t need to do anything if you signed up with Portsmouth Water and Fire District. If you wish to add additional phone numbers or edit your information, you may log in to the account you created when you signed up with Portsmouth Water and Fire District. Your e-mail address is your User Name for your Code Red account. If you have forgotten your password, Code Red can e-mail you password reset instructions. If you are using a different e-mail address than the one you used to create the original Code Red account you should create a new account using the new e-mail address.

When will CodeRED be used?

Any message regarding the safety, property or welfare of the community will be disseminated using the CodeRED system. These may include evacuation notices, boil water advisories or missing child alerts.

Does the CodeRED system already have my telephone number, or do I need to sign up to receive CodeRED notifications?

The CodeRed database contains information received from public databases, including regional phone books. However, no resident should assume that their information is in the system. Click the Sign Up for Code Red button on the menu above to access the CodeRED Community Notification Enrollment page where you can register online. If you can not register online, you can call [1-866-939-0911] and speak with one of our communications specialists to complete your registration over the telephone.

Is my personal information protected?

CodeRED is a service of Emergency Communications Network which takes security and privacy concerns very seriously. They will not sell, trade, lease or loan any data citizen supplied data to third parties.

How will I recognize a CodeRED message?

A CodeRED Emergency message will have a caller ID of 866-419-5000. A CodeRED General message will have a caller ID 855-969-4636. We suggest you program both numbers in your cell phone as a “new contact” and use “CodeRED Emergency” and “CodeRED General” as the contact name. If you need to replay the emergency notification message again, simply dial the number and you will be able to hear the message again.

What should I do if I receive a CodeRED message?

Listen carefully to the entire message. You will have the option to repeat the message by pressing any key. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to do so or if you need immediate aid from the Police or Fire department.

I have a cordless phone, and it does not work when the power goes out. How will the system be able to contact me?

Make sure you have at least one working corded telephone – and be sure to turn the ringer on. The CodeRED sign-up form allows you to indicate both a primary and alternate phone number. Cell phone and/or work phone numbers can be entered as alternate phone numbers. Both primary and alternate phone numbers will be contacted when a notification is sent.

Will the CodeRED system leave a message on an answering machine?

Yes, the CodeRED system will leave a message on a machine or on voicemail. The CodeRED system will leave the entire message in one pass.

What happens if the line is busy?

If the line is busy, CodeRED will try two more times to connect.

Sign up for CodeRed (Click Here)

Portsmouth Emergency Management Director Appears on "Portsmouth This Week"

Ray Perry, Portsmouth EMA Director appeared on the January 25, 2019 Edition of Portsmouth This Week

Click Here to View


Read Some Real-Life Stories

We will post some personal accounts of preparing for or going through disasters (Click Here)

Become a Volunteer

Are you interested in serving your community as a citizen volunteer?
Please e-mail your contact information and your volunteer interest to Portsmouth EMA Director Ray Perry   ( rperry@portsmouthri.com )

Portsmouth EMA maintains a corps of dedicated, trained and credentialed citizen volunteers who actively participate in emergency operations. We are seeking to grow the number of citizens in the Portsmouth EMA volunteer corps in 2016.

Volunteer EMA service isn’t for everyone, but it may be just right for you. The primary requirement for every EMA volunteer is a sincere desire to help one’s neighbors in time of need. Becoming a member of the EMA volunteer corps requires a commitment of time, talent, and energy. Volunteers participate in independent self-paced on-line training, instructor-led classroom training, exercises, and actual emergency operations. Because every role in the EMA volunteer corps is a position of public trust, EMA volunteers are screened through a background check conducted by the Portsmouth Police Department.

Volunteers are needed in each of these Portsmouth EMA operational units:

Internet Public Information (IPI) Unit – Members of this unit work in the Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center (EOC.) During an emergency the IPI team uses the Portsmouth EMA web site, Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools to deliver real time emergency information to the public. The IPI team also monitors social media during the event to increase situational awareness in the EOC. Skills needed are familiarity with Windows-based computers, web browsing, Facebook, and Twitter. Training requirements include 3 self-paced on-line FEMA courses and an instructor-led classroom orientation session.

Emergency Communications (EmComm) Unit – Members of this unit work in the Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center (EOC.) During an emergency this unit is responsible for all emergency communications traffic in and out of the EOC. A General or Extra class Amateur radio license is required for this position. Training requirements include 2 self-paced on-line FEMA courses and and 2 instructor-led classroom sessions.

Commodity Point of Distribution (POD) Unit – Members of this unit work in the field at pre-designated POD sites. POD’s are locations where life-sustaining commodities such as food, water, tarps, etc are distributed when the normal supply chain has been disrupted. Positions include POD Manager, Support Team Leader, Load Team Leader, Traffic Controller, Pallet Jack Operator, and Loaders. Specialty skill position: Fork Lift Operator. Training requirements vary, dependent on position. All members receive an instructor-led orientation session.

Medical Emergency Distribution System Point of Dispensing (MEDS POD) Unit – Members of this unit work in the field at pre-designated MEDS POD sites. MEDS POD’s are locations where medicine is dispensed in the event of a public health emergency. This unit is a cooperative effort between Portsmouth EMA, Portsmouth Fire Department, RI Department of Health, and the US CDC. Volunteers of many disciplines are needed in this unit, from parking lot attendants to pharmacists, nurses and physicians. Training is conducted on site by the RI Department of Health.

Can you help your community as an EMA Volunteer? Or just want more information?
Please e-mail your contact information and your volunteer interest to Portsmouth EMA Director Ray Perry   ( rperry@portsmouthri.com )

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