Emergency Law Inventory | Full Law Text

Law Number

R.I. Gen. Laws 30-15-16

Summary Title

Liability: Providing Shelter


An individual, who, voluntarily and without compensation, allows the use of their land to be used as shelter during an emergency training activity or during an actual disaster, will not be held legally responsible for injury, death, or damage to property. They can be held legally responsible for acting with extreme carelessness or with intent to cause harm.

Full Title

No private liability

Full Text

Any person controlling real estate or other premises who voluntarily and without compensation grants a license or privilege, or otherwise permits the designation or use of the whole or any part or parts of that real estate or premises for the purpose of sheltering persons during an actual, impending, mock, or practice disaster shall, together with his or her successors in interest, if any, not be civilly liable for negligently causing the death of, or injury to, any person on or about the real estate or premises or for the loss of, or damage to, the property of that person.