Our Mission

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover.

Our Organizational Structure

MEMA consists of four sections, each with a designated purpose and scope:

  • Planning, Nuclear & Preparedness Section which includes the Planning Unit and Nuclear Unit.
  • Response & Field Services Section which includes Regional Offices, Operations Unit, Training and Exercise Unit, and Communications and Field Services Unit.
  • Mitigation & Disaster Recovery Section which includes Mitigation Unit, Disaster Recovery Unit.
  • Administrative Section which includes the Fiscal Unit, Project Management Unit and Facilities Unit.

Other functions include the Public Information Office, Human Resources, and Public Records Access Officer.


In 2013, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) received re-accreditation from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). This signifies that the Commonwealth’s Emergency Management Program, led by MEMA, meets or exceeds national standards for emergency management and response.