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Emergency Management

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Director: Chief Edward A. Mello

Deputy Director: Fred Pease

Emergency Red Cross Shelter Manager: Thomas Tighe (Chief, ret.)

Medical Point of Distribution (MEDPOD) Manager: Barbara Szepatowski

Support Staff:

Lt. Angela Deneault
Chief James Bryer (JFD)

The Jamestown Emergency Management team is comprised of the members listed above in addition to numerous other volunteers who provide three very important support functions for the community.

Emergency Notification: Jamestown has implemented a state-of-the-art community notification system to alert citizens about emergencies and other important community news. The community notification system, provided by CodeRED, enables the Town to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, fires, floods, unexpected road closures, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods. Please take the time to sign up for the notification service.


 Emergency Sheltering: The emergency shelter is located at the Melrose School and will be operational and staffed in partnership with the Rhode Red Cross at anytime that residents may be required to leave their homes. The staff at the shelter is trained to provide basic needs including food, water and medical treatment. Pets may also be sheltered at the Lawn Avenue School during these events.

Emergency Distribution: Jamestown EMA staff is trained to distribute medical supplies, food and water at times when it may be required. This too is in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island Emergency Management. In most case this distribution will occur from the Melrose Avenue School.

Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry: The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency have joined together to develop a registry for Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special healthcare needs. This system is designed to identify individuals who may require special assistance during emergencies. Enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, but allows first responders to appropriately plan for, prepare for, and respond to the needs of the community. To learn more and enroll visit: