MEMA is the state agency with primary responsibility for ensuring the state's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and building the capacity to recover.
The American Red Cross provides sample family/individual disaster plans, information on preparing for emergencies, and contacts for your local Red Cross chapter. Find out more about how the Red Cross helps victims of a disaster and learn how you too can help.
Available 24/7, Mass2-1-1 is the Commonwealth’s primary telephone information call center during times of emergency. It provides citizens with access to vital updated disaster information, numerous post-disaster programs, interpreter services, and call tracking of caller locations. Mass2-1-1 also has the ability to act as the registration site for spontaneous volunteers and donations from the public during an emergency or crisis.
Massachusetts Child AMBER Alert is an emergency alert system that helps recover abducted children. The Plan utilizes the Emergency Alert System (EAS) to interrupt regular programming and broadcast information that could help recover the child. Information is also broadcast on electronic signs along highways and in airports. Find out what criteria must be met before an AMBER Alert is issued, how the public can help, how the state's AMBER Alert works, and who the state's AMBER Alert partners are.
Learn what to do before and after a disaster and get answers to frequently asked questions, such as what to do if your contractor says repairs will cost a lot more than your insurance company representative has allowed. An important claims information checklist is included for use with each policy.
DisasterAssistance.gov provides information on how you might be able to get help from the U.S. government before, during, and after a disaster. It also provides information to help you prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
The Emergency Alert system (EAS) is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, satellite digital audio radio service (SDARS) providers, and direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to provide the communications capability to the President to address the American public during a national emergency. The system also may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather information targeted to specific areas.
The Mass.Gov Alert System delivers important online emergency alerts, notifications, and updates during a major crisis or emergency.
A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. A flu pandemic occurs when a new influenza virus emerges
for which people have little or no immunity, and for which there is no vaccine. The disease spreads easily
person-to-person, causes serious illness, and can sweep across the country and around the
world in a very short time. Find out what you can do to prepare.
For the millions of Americans who have physical, medical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities, emergencies such as fires, floods, and acts of terrorism present a real challenge. The same challenge also applies to the elderly and other special needs populations. Learn how to prepare and develop an emergency plan to protect yourself, family, friends, personal care assistant, and others in your support network in the event of an emergency.
Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation. Find out how you can be ready when disaster hits.
The Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance publishes information to help you in your charity donation decisions. Hopefully these tips will answer your giving questions. You can check out a business or charity, explore charity reports and standards, check complaints and reviews, and learn about the Charity Seal Program -- a highly visible accountability tool that will help inform donors, assist charities in establishing their commitment to ethical practices, and encourage greater confidence in giving.
NOAAWatch is the place to go for your daily weather forecast, severe weather warnings, and everything in between. Just plug in a city and state for current conditions. You can also find general information on topics such as lightning safety and severe weather safety links, check severe weather statistics, and explore themes such as droughts, rip currents, and what the weather is like in space.
The "Tips for Consumers" section is especially helpful.