Quick Links (see details of each below)
Go to the following links for latest Storm info
- A Hurricane Season Like No Other (Click Here)
- In an Emergency call 9-1-1
- Non-Emergency - Call Police dispatch 683-0300
- Emergency Management Blog
- Emergency Management Facebook Page
( www.facebook.com/PortsmouthEmergency )
- Emergency Management Twitter Feed ( www.twitter.com/PortsmouthEmerg )
- Prepare for an Emergency (www.ready.gov)
- Portsmouth Hurricane Preparedness Brochure
- Prudence Island Hurricane Emergency Preparedness Brochure (2020)
Get your Ham Radio License
Final Call to Enroll in Zoom-based ham radio course
Why earn your FCC ham radio license now?
-- it's not hard
-- there are no age or citizenship restrictions
-- you'll be better prepared and less anxious when the next storm knocks out power and disrupts your phone service
-- more women, more families are getting licensed ... they want to become more "resilient"
-- you can do it from home via Zoom meetings. Six early evening sessions start Tuesday, Sept 15th
-- there's no cost for the class or the FCC license, just a $15 testing fee
-- you can take the 36 question multiple choice exam right in your car Oct 27th (in Middletown)
-- the passing grade is 75%
-- the FCC gives you a callsign; you can even trade the callsign in for a "vanity" callsign
-- there's very little math; mostly safety, how-to, and FCC rules
-- you might want to beat a potential FCC action; they are thinking about a $50 application fee for 2021 (it's currently free)
-- a $30 handheld radio will let you easily talk around your town, county, the state (and link to other states and countries)
-- you can now bounce your handheld radio's signal off the International Space Station using the onboard "repeater" that was activated this week.
Register here: https://w1sye.org/?page_id=151
In An Emergency Dial 911
For Non-emergencies call Portsmouth Police Dispatch at 683-0300
The former EMA Web Site "PortsmouthEmergency . com" is no longer active.
How to Get Emergency Management Information
The EMA BLOG will give you a running list of messages and alerts during an incident.
"NOTIFY ME" - Get Notified Automatically: To get automatic notifications when Emergency Blogs are issued add it to your town "Notify Me" List (Click Here to go to the Notify Me listings)
2. Go to the Emergency Management Facebook Page
3. Go to the Emergency Management Twitter Feed
4. Monitor Local Radio Stations
- Monitor AM radio stations WADK 1540 and WSAR 1480
5. For Electrical Issues, Power Outages or Natural Gas Supply Issues
In an Emergency Dial 911
Non-Emergency Situations - call Police Dispatch 401-683-0300
Emergency Management Resources
How to Be Prepared
Download the Portsmouth Hurricane Brochures
- Aquidneck Island Hurricane Preparedness Brochure (2020)
- Prudence Island Hurricane Emergency Preparedness Brochure (2020)
.Download the latest Portsmouth Hurricane Evacuation Map .
Visit www.ready.gov for a wealth of preparedness information from our federal emergency management partners at FEMA.
Special Needs Registry
Do you or someone in your family have a chronic condition, disability, or special healthcare need that might require assistance in time of emergency? Please enroll now in The RI Special Needs Emergency Registry. Enroll online or call the Portsmouth Fire Department at 683-1200 for assistance in enrolling via paper form. All information is confidential and access is restricted to emergency response personnel.
What is CodeRED and why is it important to me?
CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Only authorized officials have access to the CodeRED system.
Portsmouth Emergency Management Director Appears on "Portsmouth This Week"
Ray Perry, Portsmouth EMA Director appeared on the January 25, 2019 Edition of Portsmouth This Week
Read Some Real-Life Stories
Become a Volunteer
Portsmouth EMA maintains a corps of dedicated, trained and credentialed citizen volunteers who actively participate in emergency operations. We are seeking to grow the number of citizens in the Portsmouth EMA volunteer corps.
Volunteer EMA service isn’t for everyone, but it may be just right for you. The primary requirement for every EMA volunteer is a sincere desire to help one’s neighbors in time of need. Becoming a member of the EMA volunteer corps requires a commitment of time, talent, and energy. Volunteers participate in independent self-paced on-line training, instructor-led classroom training, exercises, and actual emergency operations. Because every role in the EMA volunteer corps is a position of public trust, EMA volunteers are screened through a background check conducted by the Portsmouth Police Department.
Volunteers are needed in each of these Portsmouth EMA operational units:
Internet Public Information (IPI) Unit – Members of this unit work in the Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center (EOC.) During an emergency the IPI team uses the Portsmouth EMA web site, Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools to deliver real time emergency information to the public. The IPI team also monitors social media during the event to increase situational awareness in the EOC. Skills needed are familiarity with Windows-based computers, web browsing, Facebook, and Twitter. Training requirements include 3 self-paced on-line FEMA courses and an instructor-led classroom orientation session.
Emergency Communications (EmComm) Unit – Members of this unit work in the Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center (EOC.) During an emergency this unit is responsible for all emergency communications traffic in and out of the EOC. A General or Extra class Amateur radio license is required for this position. Training requirements include 2 self-paced on-line FEMA courses and and 2 instructor-led classroom sessions.
Commodity Point of Distribution (POD) Unit – Members of this unit work in the field at pre-designated POD sites. POD’s are locations where life-sustaining commodities such as food, water, tarps, etc are distributed when the normal supply chain has been disrupted. Positions include POD Manager, Support Team Leader, Load Team Leader, Traffic Controller, Pallet Jack Operator, and Loaders. Specialty skill position: Fork Lift Operator. Training requirements vary, dependent on position. All members receive an instructor-led orientation session.
Medical Emergency Distribution System Point of Dispensing (MEDS POD) Unit – Members of this unit work in the field at pre-designated MEDS POD sites. MEDS POD’s are locations where medicine is dispensed in the event of a public health emergency. This unit is a cooperative effort between Portsmouth EMA, Portsmouth Fire Department, RI Department of Health, and the US CDC. Volunteers of many disciplines are needed in this unit, from parking lot attendants to pharmacists, nurses and physicians. Training is conducted on site by the RI Department of Health.
Can you help your community as an EMA Volunteer? Or just want more information?
Please e-mail your contact information and your volunteer interest to Portsmouth EMA Director Ray Perry ( firstname.lastname@example.org )