PRESS RELEASE: Shelters Open in Rhode Island After Blizzard

Shelters Open in Rhode Island After Blizzard

Red Cross and RI Government Partner to Keep Residents Safe, Warm


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Effective immediately, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has granted limited access for travel for those individuals who do not currently have heat, electricity or who require immediate life safety needs. Other non-emergency travel is still subject to the statewide traffic restriction at this time.


Shelters are open in several locations to provide a safe, warm place to stay, said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. Shelters are in the following locations:

  • Jamestown: MelroseElementary School
  • Middletown: GaudetMiddle School
  • Tiverton: TivertonMiddle School
  • Wakefield: South KingstownHigh School
  • Warwick: WarwickVetsHigh School
  • Westerly: WesterlySeniorCenter


Shipman said shelters will have basic supplies, but residents can make their visit more comfortable by bringing some personal items:

  • Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, or air mattresses
  • Extra clothing, shoes, eyeglasses, etc.
  • Folding chairs, lawn chairs or cots
  • Personal hygiene supplies
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Quiet games, books and favorite toys
  • Important papers
  • Prescription medications


Additional shelters may open as needs and travel conditions evolve. Remember that, while service animals are permitted at shelters, pets are not.


Visit for shelter locations and information on preparing for cold weather.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at


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