Bob Rulli, Chair, Director of Planning & Community Development
James Sousa, Chief, Warren Fire Department
Roy Borges, Chief, Warren Police Department
Ed Cabral, Warren Harbor Master
Jan Malik, Director, Department of Public Works
Tony Carvalho, Building Official
Questions should be directed to the Town's Emergency Management Director, Fire Chief James Sousa.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-245-7735.
Town of Warren: 2020 Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Plan (HM&FMP)
Kim Jacobs, Hazard Mitigation Plan Consultant
Coastal life in Warren comes with a few strings attached. Flooding is an issue. Tides are pushing waters onto our streets with more and more regularity. We are on the frontlines for sea level rise in Rhode Island. The next Hurricane of 1938 could be around the corner.
The Town is working hard to be prepared and to that end is developing a 2020 Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Plan to strengthen our resiliency to natural hazards such as flooding, large storms, and fire. The Plan is being overseen by a Steering Committee comprised of Emergency Management Committee members alongside local volunteers and other stakeholders. The Steering Committee meetings will be posted below and are open to the public.
The Plan will assess the likely impacts of natural hazards that historically have or are reasonably anticipated to impact the people and property of the Town. The Plan will establish updated goals and objectives and develop a mitigation strategy and action plan with a list of prioritize projects. It is being developed in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) requirements, and includes CRS Flood Management provisions.
We need to all work together to understand local risks, make hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being.
What is Hazard Mitigation?
FEMA defines hazard mitigation as, "any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards." Good planning before, during, and after disasters can protect our health, our daily ways of life, and promote equity in our community.
Why is a Hazard Mitigation & Flood Management Plan Important?
As one of Rhode Island’s communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise, the Town of Warren understands that a well-developed Hazard Mitigation and Flood Management Plan is an important planning tool that can:
- identify goals to prepare and adapt to changing hazards and vulnerabilities
- engage community and regional stakeholders and link local and regional planning efforts
- educate to increase personal safety and resiliency
- improve opportunities for mitigation funding
While we can’t prevent natural hazard events, such as hurricanes and nor’easters, pre-disaster planning and investments in preventative measures can reduce the impact of these events and improve post-disaster recovery.
Your Input is Important!
Community involvement is important to the planning process. We hope you will consider engaging in one or more of the following:
STEERING COMMITTEE Meetings:
Development of the Plan is overseen by a Steering Committee made up of the Town’s Emergency Management Committee along with residents and other stakeholders. The Steering Committee will hold meetings (approximately once a month). All meetings are open to the public.
Public Information Meetings:
The next Committee meeting will take place February 17, 2021 from 9-10am. You can participate through the following zoom link or dial in access number:
Meeting ID: 871 1798 3376
833 548 0276 US Toll-free
833 548 0282 US Toll-free
877 853 5247 US Toll-free
888 788 0099 US Toll-free
Want to Learn More?
Following are some links that will provide additional information related to the HM&FM Plan Project
- Warren Hazard Mitigation Plan 2015
- FEMA Flood Zone Interactive Map for Warren
- RI BeachSAMP and STORMTOOLS
- Warren, RI: Socioeconomics of Sea Level Rise Coastal Factsheet
- Preparing for Resilience: Barrington and Warren Mixed-Use Climate Response Demonstration Site
- A Future with Water-Sea Level Rise in Rhode Island
- Article: RI Researchers project future flooding in Barrington, Bristol and Warren (2019)
- Article: In Warren, planning for rising sea levels
- FEMA – Guide to Expanding Mitigation: Making the Connection with Public Health
Questions regarding the plan update can be directed to Robert Rulli, Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Warren.