For the 10th straight year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared September as National Preparedness Month, a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. Here in Massachusetts, Governor Patrick has also proclaimed September as "emergency preparedness month".
Massachusetts experiences a wide range of emergencies and disasters. In the past few years alone, the state has seen flooding, hurricanes and tropical storms, blizzards and winter storms, tornadoes, hazardous materials incidents, power outages, terrorism, water supply disruptions and more. In addition, there are many other hazards that could occur including earthquakes, pandemics and other public health emergencies, nuclear power plant accidents and others. It is important for residents of Massachusetts to be Ready for various types of emergencies and disasters including knowing what the risks are, and what to do before, during, and after various types of emergencies and how to be prepared ahead of time.
As part of emergency preparedness month, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), is launching the Ready Massachusetts campaign designed to educate and empower residents of Massachusetts to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural, technological and man-made disasters. Ready Massachusetts is the state’s counterpart to FEMA’s national Ready campaign.
Ready Massachusetts asks individuals to do four key things to be prepared for emergencies:
- Be Informed – Know what emergencies may occur and stay informed
- Make A Plan – Plan for your family before an emergency
- Build a Kit – Assemble an emergency kit
- Get Involved – Volunteer opportunities in emergency preparedness and response
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Emergency preparedness events in the month of September are posted on FEMA's National Preparedness Community website.
MEMA has also coordinated with Walmart who will have an emergency supply display at each of the Massachusetts stores. New this year, Walmart has created a tear-away emergency kit supply checklist, which is based on MEMA guidance, for each of its customers to take with them.
Emergency Preparedness Month messaging will also be featured on MassDOT signboards and Clear Channel billboards along highways during the month to promote the importance of emergency preparedness.