The month of September is National Preparedness Month, a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by FEMA, the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, encouraging households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies. To enhance awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness for families and individuals, Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed September as “emergency preparedness month” in the Commonwealth.
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 promoting 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
Is your reason for not preparing because you think it's to expensive? Check out our Preparedness on a Budget tips.
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.
Emergency Preparedness Videos
MEMA Deputy Director Christine Packard and Public Information Officer Peter Judge were involved in the production of an episode of the PBS children's animated show 'Arthur'. On the show Packard and Judge discussed emergency preparedness with four 3rd graders, spoke about what MEMA does and gave them a tour of the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and Communications Center. This ‘live action’ segment will be featured in the "Shelter from the Storm” episode of Arthur that will air on PBS kids on September 8th, 2015. You can view it locally at 6:30am & 3:30pm on WGBH2. The episode focusing on issues the characters faced before, during and after a hurricane impacted 'Elwood City'. See the video of MEMA's role in the show here: Shelter From the Storm (MEMA)