Volunteers sought for 'Prepare Pawtucket' hurricane team

Volunteers sought for 'Prepare Pawtucket' hurricane team

PAWTUCKET - Citizen volunteers are being sought for training that will allow them to join a team formed last year to help prepare the local community for the upcoming hurricane season and other potential major disasters.

The project, directed by the city Emergency Management Agency, is similar to the Citizen Emergency Response Teams program popular 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 "Prepare Pawtucket Campaign."

Classes, open to residents age 18 or older, will begin on May 13 and run for seven weeks, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Pawtucket EMA headquarters, 250 Armistice Blvd. EMA Director Normand Menard said classes will be limited to 12 participants and all training materials will be provided at no cost. The 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.

Participants must have a valid Rhode Island driver's license, a properly operating vehicle and proof of vehicle insurance, and will undergo mandatory background checks. Call 401-729-5846 or email dcorbishley@pawtucketpolice.com.