MEMA develops, maintains and continually revises numerous planning documents which are used for managing and guiding effective and efficient disaster response and coordination operations. These plans vary in scope and function and cross multiple disciplines.
Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP)
The CEMP is an all hazards plan, developed, with input from stakeholders, to address the natural and man-caused hazards that threaten Massachusetts. The CEMP describes the system that will be used in Massachusetts to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or disaster. It also identifies and assigns specific areas of responsibility for coordinating resources to support the response to an emergency or disaster.
CEMP Base Plan:
Emergency Support Function (ESF) Annexes:
MAESF 01 Transportation
MAESF 02 Communications
MAESF 03 Public Works and Engineering
MAESF 04 Fire Fighting
MAESF 05 Business and Industry
MAESF 06 Mass Care, Emergency Housing, and Human Services
MAESF 07 Volunteers and Donations
MAESF 08 Health and Medical
MAESF 09 Search and Rescue
MAESF 10 Hazardous Materials and Environmental Protection
MAESF 11 Agriculture, Animals and Natural Resources
MAESF 12 Energy
MAESF 13 Public Safety & Security
MAESF 14 Recovery
MAESF 15 Public Information
MAESF 16 Military Support
Access and Functional Needs Annex
The Access and Functional Needs Annex describes the roles and responsibilities of state agencies and supporting organizations in the Commonwealth with AFN responsibilities and describes how these entities will coordinate activities and resources before, during, and after an emergency impacting the Commonwealth. In addition, this Annex provides general guidance to local and state partners for the support of people who require function based considerations during emergency situations.
In an effort to assist local communities in their planning efforts to integrate considerations for people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs into all local emergency programs, services and activities, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has developed an Access and Functional Needs Resource Guide - MEMA 2017 .
Debris Management Plan
This annex describes the roles and responsibilities that state agencies will play, and the actions they will take, with respect to managing disaster debris in the event that the Commonwealth declares a state of emergency. Local emergency planning and response officials should be familiar with this plan, as it is intended to complement local planning and response activities.
- All Hazards Disaster Debris Management Plan
- All Hazards Disaster Debris Management Plan Appendices file size 1MB
- Disaster Debris Management Planning: An Introduction for Local Government Officials, July 2014
- Massachusetts Local Disaster Debris Management Plan Checklist, July 2014
- Disaster Debris Management Planning Form, July 2014
- FEMA Debris Management Plan Job Aid
- For additional information, see MassDEP's Managing Disaster Debris.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Disaster Housing Plan provides a framework for coordinating and maximizing resources to support interim and long-term disaster housing recovery operations across the Commonwealth.
Massachusetts Disaster Housing Plan
This annex provides guidance on how the Commonwealth will provide recovery-related support and assistance to local jurisdictions on restoration of critical functions, services, vital resources, facilities, programs, and infrastructure.
Statewide Mass Care Shelter Coordination Plan
While sheltering in Massachusetts starts at the local level and is driven by local needs, this plan sets forth a common vision and guiding principles to improve shelter coordination, support, and information sharing across the Commonwealth. The plan describes local mass care and shelter options that communities may provide such as personal care sites (warming or cooling centers), locally-initiated overnight shelters, and locally-initiated multi-community (or regional) shelters.
Local Shelter Toolkit
Radiological Emergency Response Plan
The Massachusetts Radiological Emergency Response Plan provides guidance and assistance to State and local officials with responsibilities for responding to radiological emergencies at nuclear power states. The plan outlines the roles and responsibilities of the private sector and local, state, and federal agencies, emergency planning zones, protective actions, concept of operation, and notification and warning procedures.
Massachusetts Radiological Emergency Response Plan file size 2MB
State Hazard Mitigation Plan
The State Hazard Mitigation plan provides both short-term and long-term strategies for implementing hazard mitigation measures by state agencies as well as local municipalities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This Plan accomplishes this by identifying actions that will lower the risks and lower the costs of natural hazards. The State Hazard Mitigation Interagency Committee, working with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), is responsible for the Hazard Mitigation Plan and will review and revise this plan at least every three years.
Massachusetts State Hazard Mitigation Plan file size 18MB (721 pages)
Sections 1 – 16
For ease of viewing or downloading, in addition to the large full plan (above), we recommend clicking on individual plan components below. All chapters and appendices are in PDF format and require the free Acrobat Reader from Adobe.
- Section 01 - Introduction, Cover, & Executive Summary
- Section 02 - Planning Process
- Section 03 - Local Planning file size 1MB
- Section 04 - State Profile file size 1MB
- Section 05 - Risk Assessment file size 1MB
- Section 06 - Coastal Erosion file size 3MB
- Section 07 - Dam Failure
- Section 08 - Earthquake file size 2MB
- Section 09 - Fire
- Section 10 - Flood file size 1MB
- Section 11 - Hurricane file size 5MB
- Section 12 - Landslide file size 1MB
- Section 13 - Nor'easter
- Section 14 - Severe Weather file size 1MB
- Section 15 - Severe Winter Weather file size 1MB
- Section 16 - Tsunami
- Section 17 - Mitigation Strategy file size 1MB
- Section 18 - Plan Maintenance
- Appendices A, B, & C - Methodology, Best Available Science, & Best Practices file size 7MB
- Appendices D, E, & F - State Survey, Local Survey, & Local Plan Synopses file size 4MB
- Appendices G, H, & I - Staplee Criteria, Participants, & NFIP Claims
- Appendices J, K, & L - Historical Ice Jams, Glossary, & Bibliography file size 1MB
Fire Mobilization Plan
The Statewide Fire Mobilization Plan file size 1MB offers pre-determined response assets and capabilities to assist communities in the event they have exhausted their firefighting assets during an emergency. For more information including inventories, run cards, forms, contact information, and maps, see the Fire Mobilization webpage.
Cape Cod Emergency Traffic Plan
The Cape Cod Emergency Traffic Plan (CCETP) has been developed to facilitate the egress of a high volume of traffic from Cape Cod in the event of a hurricane or other potential high hazards, particularly during peak tourist season. It is important to emphasize that this is NOT an evacuation plan. Although there are a number of areas of the Cape that would evacuate from low-lying, flood prone areas to higher ground, many of these individuals would access local shelters and not necessarily leave the Cape. The Plan is a tool that can be used to assist expediting traffic flow regardless of the hazard and should be looked upon in all-hazard scenarios.
Full plan: Cape Cod Emergency Traffic Plan file size 1MB
One page map (excerpt from full plan) Cape Cod Traffic Plan Map file size 3MB
Hazardous Materials Annex
The purpose of the Massachusetts Hazardous Materials Annex is to ensure situational awareness and outline the operational activities surrounding a state response to a Level 2 or 3 HazMat incident. This annex details the Commonwealth’s strategy with respect to planning and response to a hazardous materials incident. This annex contains information on the state hazardous materials response teams and their deployment mechanism. It may also serve as a resource to community incident commanders when making decisions related to an appropriate and measured response.
Ethanol Incident Response Appendix
This Appendix establishes a coordinated framework to support incident/unified commanders responding to large volume and/or high concentration ethanol rail or barge incident occurring within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It identifies notification, roles and responsibilities, and resource allocation activities within that support framework.
MEMA Ethanol Incident Response Quick Reference Pamphlet file size 4MB
State Homeland Security Strategy
The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security maintains the Massachusetts State Homeland Security Strategy (SHSS), which articulates a vision for homeland security and emergency preparedness in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The SHSS was informed by the Threat, Hazard, Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and State Preparedness Report (SPR) and it serves as a guide for state, regional, and local preparedness activities.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu Multi-Agency Coordination and Operations Plan
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) (also known as avian flu or bird flu) is a highly contagious avian disease that is carried and spread by water fowl and wild birds. These birds may transmit HPAI to other wild birds as well as domestic poultry, resulting in a serious threat to these populations in Massachusetts. While no cases have been confirmed in Massachusetts, the threat of this virus poses a serious risk to the Commonwealth, and could have significant impacts to the State’s economy and bird populations. This plan outlines the framework guiding the Commonwealth’s response to a positive case of HPAI if one presents itself. Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu Multi-Agency Coordination and Operations Plan file size 1MB