• 2014 Boston Marathon (April 21, 2014)

    This year, 36,000 registered participants will run the 26.2-mile course that starts in Hopkinton and passes through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and Brookline before reaching the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston.  An estimated one million spectators will line the streets to watch this year’s marathon. Local, regional, state, and federal public safety stakeholders have collaborated to develop a comprehensive plan that ensures the safety and security of the runners and spectators while maintaining a traditionally festive, family-oriented event.

    Public safety officials are asking spectators to follow reasonable and common sense guidelines when coming to, and standing along the Marathon course.  These guidelines, if followed, will reduce concerns of the public and help ensure a safe and secure day:

    1. Spectators watching the 2014 Boston Marathon from anywhere along the 26.2 mile course should expect a significant presence of uniformed and plain clothed police officers.  Spectators approaching or within viewing areas on the course may be asked to pass through security checkpoints, and law enforcement officers or contracted private security personnel may ask to inspect bags and other items being carried.
    2. Spectators are asked NOT to carry backpacks or other over-the-shoulder bags, or other bulky items. In addition, spectators are asked not to bring weapons, suitcases, coolers, glass containers, large packages, costumes, or other props. For more information about these and other items asked to be left at home, see the Spectator and Participant Information guide.
    3. If spectators are going to carry personal items with them, they are asked to carry them in clear plastic bags.  Using a clear plastic bag to carry personal items will enhance public safety and speed security screening.  In all cases, spectators should keep their personal items under their immediate control at all times.
    4. The Boston Athletic Association (BAA) and all public safety agencies supporting the Boston Marathon encourage the public to actively participate in the “See Something, Say Something” campaign.  Spectators are asked to be aware of their surroundings and to report suspicious conduct or items to the closest law enforcement officer or by calling 9-1-1.
    5. Massachusetts Alerts is a communication tool used by MEMA to disseminate critical information to smartphones.  Massachusetts Alerts is powered by a free downloadable application app (called ping4alerts!) that is available for Android and iPhones.  During the Boston Marathon, MEMA will use Massachusetts Alerts to share important public safety and emergency information, including possible severe weather information and information about course disruptions. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto Android or iPhone devices, go to http://mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

    For real time updates, check out MEMA's Twitter feed below

Slideshow Featured Content

  • 2014 Boston Marathon Logo

    BAA Information for Marathon Spectators and Participants

    BAA Policies for 2014 Boston Marathon Spectators and Participants 

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  • Graphic for "See Something Say Something campaign". Text on graphic says: Report suspicious activity. Call 9-1-1 or your local police department.

    See Something Say Something

    The initiative highlights the important role the public plays in maintaining a safe environment and preventing terrorism. Remember if you see something suspicious report it to your local police department or call 9-1-1.

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  • Man checking emergency alerts on his smartphone

    Get emergency information on your cellphone

    Learn about emergencies and hazards in your area via text alerts or through MEMA’s smartphone app for iPhone and Android users.

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  • May 28-29, 2014 - Massachusetts Statewide Emergency Management Conference

    Save the Date - 2014 Emergency Management Conference

    Save the date for the May 28-29, 2014 conference in Worcester. More details, registration, and topics to be announced by late April.

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  • Ready Massachusetts. Subtext: Prepare, Plan, Stay Informed

    MEMA Launches Ready Massachusetts Preparedness Campaign

    Ready Massachusetts is designed to educate and empower residents to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters.

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MEMA Monthly Reports

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 month we highlight the preparations for this year’s Boston Marathon, particularly major Security News Conference hosted by MEMA, the statewide WebEOC Exercise, information about May 28 & 29 Annual Emergency Management Conference, as well as a host of other informative articles.

Weather Resources

National Weather Service in Taunton: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/box/

National Weather Service in Albany: http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/aly/

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