Welcome to RIDI -- the Rhode Island Disaster Initiative


  • Disaster Response
  • Disaster Preparation
  • Responder Operations

The Rhode Island Disaster Initiative (RIDI) was a multi-year Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Emergency Department (ED) disaster response research project spanning 1999-2007.  This web archive documents the RIDI Project and resources, including the October 2004 inception of Lifeguard EMS, the Critical Care Transport program at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital, now (after merging with the pediatric transport program) called LifePACT.  (link to LifePACT section of EMS site)

RIDI's aim was to identify, develop, and demonstrate best practices in disaster medical response.

RIDI was coordinated by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brown, involving EMS, Disaster, and Simulation Center faculty alongside multiple partners.  Congressional funding enabled the RIDI Project.

Please use the menu choices to navigate this RIDI Project Archive.