Emergency Management

COVID-19 Hotline

Bristol has set up a COVID-19 hotline at Bristol’s Emergency Operations Center, located at the Fire Department headquarters. The hotline is available to assist any Bristol resident with questions, or for those that may need additional assistance created by the current social distancing actions. Residents can call the hotline at 401-253-2310 during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For those that have hearing difficulties, please visit the RI Commission on the Deaf and Hard of Hearing website.

Residents are asked to assist each other when they can, by helping friends, neighbors, and relatives that may need items such as groceries or medications retrieved from local businesses. Should additional assistance be needed, please call the COVID-19 hotline above.

The Town appreciates the interest from residents to volunteer and has created an application form for those interested. Should the need arise for volunteers in any capacity you will be contacted with instructions. Those interested can submit the online volunteer application form.

Businesses wanting to sell PPE to the State should go to : PPE Purchasing

Individuals and businesses wanting to donate medical supplies to the State should go to: Donations

East Bay Community Action Program COVID19 testing sites opening in East Providence and Newport May 6! See press release here!

Novel Corona Virus Awareness

The Town of Bristol would like residents to be aware of the Novel Corona virus outbreak throughout the world. While risk of contracting this virus remains low in this area, residents should remain informed and take simple precautions to reduce  any illness transmission. Please review the information provided by the RI Department of Health.

Key Messages for Residents and Visitors

  • If you have traveled anywhere internationally or domestically to an area with ongoing community spread of COVID-19, self-quarantine for 14 days. That means do not go to work or school and stay at home.
  • Those entering Rhode Island via airplane travel are required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
  • Those entering from New York state are mandated to self-quarantine regardless of the mode of transportation used to arrive into the state.
  • Avoid all crowded places, large events, and mass gatherings. This is social distancing. However, people should continue doing essential errands (such as going to the grocery store).
  • Through March 30th, there will be no on-site food consumption for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, or other food establishments in Rhode Island. (Establishments with a food license can continue to conduct pick-up, drive-thru and delivery only.)
  • People without symptoms should not be tested for COVID-19. Testing individuals with no symptoms is not recommended by CDC. Do not call 911 to request testing or transport to a medical facility for testing.People who think they have COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider. These people should not go directly to a healthcare facility without first calling a healthcare provider (unless they are experiencing a medical emergency). Healthcare providers have a dedicated number that they are then using to consult with RIDOH on potential COVID-19 cases.
  • To prevent infection with COVID-19, the CDC recommends frequent handwashing with soap and warm water; coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue; avoid touching mouth, nose, and eyes; and if you are sick, stay at home. 

Corona Virus Overview 

• There is a current outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel corona virus not before seen in humans. The virus was first detected on December 31, 2019 in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Since then, cases have been confirmed in several other countries—including the United States.

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that while this is a serious public health threat, the risk for people in the United States is low.

• The disease can spread from person-to-person. However, current evidence suggests that this is happening primarily between close contacts (defined by CDC as people within six feet).

• There is currently no specific antiviral treatment recommended for this form of corona virus. There is also no vaccine for this virus.

• The flu continues to spread in Rhode Island. The same flu-prevention steps can help prevent the spread of other viruses, such as corona virus.

What You Can Do 

Because human corona viruses are most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, the Rhode Island Department of Health recommends Rhode Islanders take the same measures that healthcare providers recommend to prevent the spread of flu and other similar viruses:

  • Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Viruses can spread by coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
  • Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

We can all work collaboratively to share accurate information and to reject potentially harmful myths.

Stop the Spread of Germs Poster

For further information please contact the RI Department of Health or go to the following web pages:

RI DOH Novel Coronavirus Webpage


Stay Prepared!

Make sure you and your family have a plan and are prepared in case of emergencies, such as hurricanes, snow storms, power outages, and other natural or man-made disasters.

Residents should be prepared to function on their own for a minimum of 72 hours, as first responder agencies are often overwhelmed in the early hours and days of a disaster.

To receive emergency notifications via phone call, text, or email from state or local authorities signup now on the Town of Bristol’s website and click on the CodeRED link below.

Visit the RI Emergency Management's site below for more helpful tips.

Bristol County Weather Alerts - Click Here

Rhode Island Weather Alerts - Click Here


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Private Wells
Residents who want to test their private wells, should contact Patrick Craft, Department of Health, by calling 401-222-3436.

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