Hurricane Preparedness: Be Ready Before the Storm
While Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1st, most tropical storm systems that have impacted New England have struck during the months of August and September. That’s why now is a great time to prepare before a storm approaches.
Recent storms such as Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Sandy in 2012, as well as past hurricanes such as Hurricane Bob in 1991 are reminders that Massachusetts residents and visitors must prepare for the next hurricane.
MEMA encourages everyone to:
- Know Your Evacuation Zone;
- Make A Family Emergency Plan;
- Build an Emergency Kit; and
- Stay Informed & Download Massachusetts Alerts
Access and Functional Needs Resource Guide
Past emergencies/disasters in the Commonwealth, and throughout the nation, have shown how hazardous events can have a significant and disparate impact on people with disabilities and others with Access and Functional Needs (AFN). In an effort to assist local communities in their planning efforts to integrate considerations for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs into all local emergency programs, services and activities, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has developed an Access and Functional Needs Resource Guide - MEMA 2015 file size 3MB
This guide provides information, resources, tools and trainings related to access and functional needs, service animals, disability related laws that apply to state and local government, planning tips for emergency management agencies, website links to local, state and federal and non-governmental resources, guiding documents for planning, resources and tools to identify community demographics, toolkits, mobile applications, and in-person and online trainings/courses.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has also complied a Access and Functional Needs Resource Guide to assist in public health preparedness planning for individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
- This month's issue of MEMA REPORTS, our monthly update of Emergency Management activities, appears at MEMA Monthly Reports in the ‘Publications & Reports’ section. This edition includes coverage of the very successful statewide Emergency Preparedness Conference, The Great Northeast Shakeout, WebEOC Exercise, the Seabrook Nuclear TTX and the different streams of federal assistance coming to Massachusetts.
- MEMA Encourages Participation in the 2015 Great Northeast Shakeout
- MEMA Encourages Individuals to 'Get Involved' as Part of Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Month
- MEMA CONTINUES TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘BUILDING A KIT’ AS PART OF MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MONTH
- MEMA ENCOURAGES FAMILIES TO ‘MAKE A PLAN’ AS PART OF MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MONTH
- MEMA STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF ‘BEING INFORMED’ AS PART OF MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MONTH
- GOVERNOR BAKER PROCLAIMS ‘EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MONTH’
- PREPARING TO EVACUATE COASTAL AREAS IN ADVANCE OF A HURRICANE
- MEMA ISSUES POWER OUTAGE SAFETY TIPS
- CAPE COD EMERGENCY TRAFFIC PLAN
- TIPS TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY FROM HURRICANES
- See All Press Releases
Publications & Reports
- Audit Tips for Managing Disaster-Related Project Costs
- MEMA Monthly Reports
- 2015 Seabrook Nuclear Calendar file size 15MB
- 2015 Vermont Yankee Nuclear Calendar file size 5MB
- 2015 Pilgrim Nuclear Calendar file size 2MB
- MEMA Strategic Plan May 2013 file size 5MB
- Massachusetts Statewide Mass Care Shelter Coordination Plan
- Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards file size 12MB
- After Action Report for the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings
- Cape Cod Emergency Traffic Plan
- See All Publications & Reports