Pawtucket citizen volunteers sought for hurricane training

Pawtucket citizen volunteers sought for hurricane training

PAWTUCKET – Citizen volunteers are being sought for training meant to help prepare the local community for the upcoming hurricane season.

Called Pawtucket Volunteer Service, the program is a revitalization of the Citizen Emergency Response Teams program that was deployed several years ago. The training is being provided under a federal grant to the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency to support the Pawtucket EMA’s “Ready Pawtucket Campaign.”

Classes, open to residents age 18 or older, will begin on May 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at a location to be determined depending on class size, and will run for seven weeks. All training materials will be provided at no cost to participants. The goal is to train 15 to 30 volunteers, according to Pawtucket EMA Director Norman Menard.

The PVS program will assist Pawtucket EMA and other municipal departments with manpower and equipment during emergencies and municipal events, including severe weather monitoring, emergency preparedness education, shelter management and Skywarn weather-watcher training by the National Weather Service, among other activities. Free CPR training is also included.

“This is an excellent way for residents to be directly involved in emergency activities that will improve community readiness in the event of a hurricane or similar major event,” said Menard.

Participants must have a valid Rhode Island driver’s license, a properly operating vehicle, and proof of vehicle insurance. All will undergo mandatory background checks.

For more call the Pawtucket EMA at 401-729-5846 or email nmenard@pawtucketpolice.com.