The current track of Hurricane Sandy shows that Middletown may be in the path of the storm. Middletown Emergency Management recommends that all residents should monitor the upcoming storm and to begin preparations.
Residents located in flood zones should have their evacuation plans ready in the event that they need to move to a safer location.
The Aquidneck Island Hurricane Evacuation map indicates areas that may be most significantly affected.
Hurricane Preparation Countdown Checklist
If a 36-Hour Hurricane Watch is issued:
• Check often for official updates on the radio, TV, or NOAA Weather Radio, Middletown’s website and Middletown411 Twitter account.
• Make sure car has a full tank of fuel.
• Check medicine supplies.
• Fully charge cell phones and check flashlight/radio batteries.
• Secure important prescription medicines in waterproof containers.
• Secure lawn furniture and any other loose outdoor items.
• Move your boat if time permits.
If a 24-Hour Hurricane Warning is issued:
• Plan for all outdoor pre-hurricane preparation to be completed prior to the onset of tropical storm force winds.
• Stay tuned to radio, TV and NOAA Weather Radio for official updates.
• Board or shutter windows.
• Board up garage and porch doors.
• Bring in outdoor pets.
• Fill bathtub and other large containers with water to ensure a supply for sanitary purposes.
If a 12-Hour Hurricane Warning is issued:
• Residents living in coastal or river flood areas should move valuables to upper floors of the home.
• Turn up refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep door closed.
• Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
• Turn off and isolate computer equipment.
• Turn off propane tanks and utilities.
• Unplug small appliances.
• Close all interior doors.
• Be prepared to seek refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level of the home.
To receive emergency notifications via automated telephone calls from Middletown’s CODE RED messaging system, click here.
In addition, residents with special needs can go to the website and enter their information into a statewide data base. The system is designed to identify individuals who require special assistance during emergencies. While enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, it allows first responders to appropriately plan, prepare for, and respond to the needs of the community.
Special Needs Emergency Registry Website: www.health.ri.gov/emergency/about/specialneedsregistry/index.php
If you do not have access to the internet, please call the Middletown Police Department at (401) 846-1144 or Middletown Fire Department at (401) 846-1031 for assistance in either signing up for Middletown’s CODE RED messaging system or for the Special Needs Emergency Registry.