Local response to any emergency, including pandemic flu requires extensive planning, organization and coordination with local, regional, state and federal officials. Boards of health in Massachusetts have been actively planning for emergency situations for several years, working together to form coalitions, share resources, and develop emergency and continuity of operations plans. Local government can facilitate full integration of public health, local emergency managers, responders, and administration, as well as public and private sector stakeholders in order to achieve a comprehensive community response to a pandemic.

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This information is provided by Emergency Preparedness within the Department of Public Health.