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. 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.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) work side by side as partners before, during, and after emergencies, and each organization has created a variety of resources to help residents take simple, common-sense steps to better prepare themselves, their families and communities for all types of emergencies.