The Providence Emergency Volunteer Service (EVS) was formed in 2008 and operates under the direction of the City of Providence's Emergency Management Agency (PEMA). EVS is the result of the combination Providence volunteer groups; the American Red Cross Shelter Group (ARC-SG), the Providence Community Emergency Response Team (P-CERT) and the Providence Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES Club).
EVS operates to assist Providence EMA and other municipal departments with manpower and equipment during emergencies and municipal events. EVS volunteers could potentially assist in any of the following activities; Severe Weather Monitoring, Emergency Operations Center Support, Communications to include Emergency Amateur Radio transmissions, Emergency Preparedness Education, Point of Distribution Management, Traffic Control, and Emergency Scene Lighting.
EVS Volunteers are people who offer their time and talent to help make Providence a better place in which to live and work. The one thing they have in common is a desire to give something back to their community.
Basic Requirements for EVS Membership
Note: All volunteers will initially receive a local police background check and all ARC Volunteers will receive a second American Red Cross background check.
The ideal volunteer should be a person between 18 and 45 years of age with excellent interpersonal skills, ability to perform under pressure, ability to give and receive orders and the ability to complete tasks without direct supervision. Potential volunteers should be familiar, with basic two-way radio operations. Volunteers with foreign language skills, sign-language skills and or other unique skills related to emergency management such as Emergency Medical Certification and Amateur Radio Operators License are considered plusses.
There are three volunteer programs that comprise Providence EVS; the American Red Cross Shelter Group (ARC-SG), the Providence Community Emergency Response Team (P-CERT) and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service Club (RACES Club). Each has a different but complimentary mission and training syllabus.
For more information call or email the Preparedness Coordinator at 401-680-8096 or at PEMA@providenceri.com