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RI HOPE (Helping Other People in Emergencies)

Rhode Islanders' Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Resource

RI HOPE is a time-limited, community-based program originally established to help Rhode Island residents affected by the historic flood in 2010. It was re-activated in November of 2012 to assist Hurricane Sandy victims in Washington County with their recovery.

Although the federal behavioral health and educational disaster response program has ended, resources for emotional support, education and guidance for any crisis are still available. The Disaster Distress Helpline, a free resource, is available for immediate assistance and support and confidential crisis counseling. It is accessible year-round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone seeking emotional help or support can call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The Helpline can also be accessed at http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/. For general support, information and referrals 24 hours a day, dial 2-1-1.

The RI HOPE website will continue to serve Rhode Island residents. This site, www.rihope.ri.gov, provides disaster education including information about disaster preparedness, behavioral health responses, and recovery from disasters including pandemic illnesses, man-made disasters (fires, shootings, terrorism, etc.) and weather-related events.