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: Melrose Elementary School
  • Middletown: Gaudet Middle School
  • Tiverton: Tiverton Middle School
  • Wakefield: South Kingstown High School
  • Warwick: Warwick Vets High School
  • Westerly: Westerly Senior Center

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.