Director: Chief Edward A. Mello
Deputy Director: Fred Pease
Emergency Red Cross Shelter Manager: Thomas Tighe (Chief, ret.)
Medical Point of Distribution (MEDPOD) Manager: Barbara Szepatowski
Lt. Angela Deneault
Chief James Bryer (JFD)
The Jamestown Emergency Management team is comprised of the members listed above in addition to numerous other volunteers who provide three very important support functions for the community.
Emergency Notification: Jamestown has implemented a state-of-the-art community notification system to alert citizens about emergencies and other important community news. The community notification system, provided by CodeRED, enables the Town to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, fires, floods, unexpected road closures, or evacuation of buildings or neighborhoods. Please take the time to sign up for the notification service.
Volunteering: Jamestown Emergency Management is seeking volunteers to join our team. The team exists to provide needed resources to our residents during emergency situations. We are looking for assistance from those who want to help with our mission. From greeters, to cooks, to nurses, to food delivery, our Emergency Management Team welcomes anyone who wishes to provide assistance to residents during a time of emergency. This is a great opportunity to support our community. Volunteers with all types of skills and interests are needed. No training is required. We employ a “just in time training” program. This means a minimal amount of your valuable time is required. Volunteers should complete this form and return it to the Jamestown Police Department.
Emergency Sheltering: The emergency shelter is located at the Melrose School and will be operational and staffed in partnership with the Rhode Red Cross at anytime that residents may be required to leave their homes. The staff at the shelter is trained to provide basic needs including food, water and medical treatment. Pets may also be sheltered at the Lawn Avenue School during these events.
Emergency Distribution: Jamestown EMA staff is trained to distribute medical supplies, food and water at times when it may be required. This too is in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Health and Rhode Island Emergency Management. In most case this distribution will occur from the Melrose Avenue School.
Rhode Island Special Needs Emergency Registry: The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency have joined together to develop a registry for Rhode Islanders with disabilities, chronic conditions, and other special healthcare needs. This system is designed to identify individuals who may require special assistance during emergencies. Enrollment in the Registry does not guarantee assistance, but allows first responders to appropriately plan for, prepare for, and respond to the needs of the community. To learn more and enroll visit: http://health.ri.gov/emergency/about/specialneedsregistry/