Shri P. N. Rai has long experience in the field of disaster/ emergency management. He served in Department of Disaster Management, Govt. of Bihar in various capacities. During his tenure in the Department he had the opportunity to plan and organize rescue and relief work during major disasters particularly, Koshi disaster and Bihar flood 2017. He has been associated in capacity building activities for disaster management responders as Faculty Head, Centre for Disaster Management in BIPARD, Govt. of Bihar Training Institute. He is national level Master Trainer for Incident Command System (ICS) / Incident Response System (IRS). In course of which he visited several institutes/organizations including NIDM & NDMA.

During the last assignment, DG Police (Home Guards & Fire Services), he changed the role of fire services from a mere fire fighting service to prevention and mitigation (DRR). Home Guards which has a strong presence (51,000) was mainstreamed in DRR activities in the State.