For Immediate Release - September 26, 2016

Get Involved During Emergency Preparedness Month

Help Your Community Prepare for Disasters and Build Resilience

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Over the last month, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has encouraged individuals, families and communities to prepare for disasters by being informed, developing emergency plans, and assembling critical supplies in disaster kits.  As Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Month comes to a close, MEMA is promoting the importance of “Getting Involved” in building community resilience.

“Finding ways to get involved in local disaster preparedness and relief operations will help your community build resilience and prepare for the next disaster,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “There are many ways you can make this important contribution including volunteering, donating and helping your neighbors.”

‘Get Involved’ before disaster strikes!



  • Donate cash to a recognized disaster relief organization.
  • After a disaster, donate goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized relief organizations.
  • Learn more about how to donate responsibly: Donations and Volunteers

Help your Neighbors

  • Be a good neighbor. On a regular basis, and particularly after a disaster, check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions and those who may need additional assistance.
  • Start a community preparedness project with the Corporation for National & Community Service toolkit.

These are only a few of the many ways that individuals and community organizations can “Get Involved” in helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. For additional opportunities in your community, contact your local emergency management or public safety officials or visit


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. For additional information about MEMA and Emergency Preparedness, go to

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