The Providence Emergency Management Agency recruits and maintains a cadre of highly trained volunteers to assist with the PEMA mission. This diverse group of individuals is trained in: Disaster response, Medical Emergency Dispensing Points of Distribution (MED POD’s), Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES), shelter operations, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, flood fighting, general preparedness, terrorism response, Emergency operations center activation, Chainsaw operations, and much more.
PEMA volunteers assist the Providence EMA and other municipal departments with manpower and equipment during emergencies and city-wide events. These volunteers could potentially assist in the following activities: severe weather monitoring, Emergency Operation Center support, communications, emergency preparedness education, Points of Distribution/Dispensing, traffic control, social media updates, debris removal, and disaster response.
- 18 years-of-age to 59 (14-17 years-of-age with guardians’ signatures)
- Be able to pass a PEMA specific criminal background check
- Valid license, Passport, or State Identification
- Open minded
Note: All volunteers will initially receive a local police background check through Providence PD.
The ideal volunteer should have excellent interpersonal skills, be able to perform well under pressure, have the ability to give and receive orders, and be able to complete tasks without direct supervision. Those fluent in multiple languages, having sign-language skills, and amateur radio licenses are also sought after to bolster our response capabilities.
PEMA utilizes a tiered approach to volunteering which allows the individual to choose which level of involvement they would like to participate in. This gives volunteers of all ages, physical abilities, and educational levels, the opportunity to become involved in helping their community.
Volunteers will not have direct physical contact with the public and personal protective equipment will be provided. PEMA asks that all volunteers that are awaiting activation practice personal care, including sleeping, eating, and maintaining a healthy status.
How Do I Join?
For those interested in joining the PEMA volunteer cadre, please contact the Preparedness Coordinator at .
Additionally, you can reach PEMA via our main numbers: 401-680-8000, Fax 401-680-8058, or by mail: 591 Charles St. Providence, RI. 02904.
Thank you for your interest in volunteering to support Providence residents during COVID 19. Volunteer opportunities will exclude people in high-risk populations, which includes individuals over the age of sixty or have an underlying medical condition.
After filling out the information below, our team will follow up with you. For any questions, please reach out to Kelia Bravo, Providence Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, at .