- The Fusion Center provides 24 hours a day statewide information sharing among local, state and federal public safety agencies and private sector organizations in order to facilitate the collection, analysis and dissemination of intelligence relevant to terrorism and public safety.
In 2004 the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security developed five homeland security planning regions to receive U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant funds designated to support local governments and first responders.
Developed in 2007, the plan guides the Commonwealth’s statewide communications interoperability planning and implementation efforts that support the work of first responders and public safety officials. The plan closely follows the template provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s SAFECOM Program. This plan will be updated during 2012.
- The term "Hazard Mitigation" describes actions that can help reduce or eliminate long-term risks caused by natural hazards, or disasters.
As of September 2013, all emergency preparedness content is now part of the Ready Massachusetts campaign.
Ready Massachusetts is a preparedness campaign of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency designed to educate and empower residents of Massachusetts to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. Ready Massachusetts is the state’s counterpart to FEMA’s national Ready campaign by localizing preparedness messages with information, materials and resources customized to Massachusetts’s specific emergency preparedness considerations.
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
More details on Ready Massachusetts can be found at www.mass.gov/mema/ready.
- Putting plans & training into action in response to a variety of disasters or emergencies.
- Short-term and long-term steps necessary to 'make things whole again', following a disaster or emergency. Possible steps to minimize the impact of reoccurring disasters.
- Important contacts and key information necessary to insure the safety and security of the Commonwealth.