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.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Ready Massachusetts

Ready Massachusetts is an initiative of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency 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 prepare 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 in community emergency preparedness and response activities

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Know Plan Prepare

In support of FEMA’s Ready2015 campaign, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management is launching the Know Plan Prepare campaign to encourage Massachusetts residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for public health emergencies and severe weather, natural disasters or other emergent events. Know Plan Prepare will work with partner organizations including local public health and healthcare facilities to provide information, materials and resources to improve preparedness, resiliency and the ability to respond to and recover from disasters of all types. This year’s campaign features two 30-second TV ads that will air throughout September and serve to encourage people to prepare, in part by downloading a preparedness checklist. Visit for more information and to get your checklist today.

Download the Massachusetts Alerts Smartphone App

Receive weather warnings and emergency alerts on MEMA’s free smartphone app, Massachusetts Alerts, for iOS and Android platforms.

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