OPEM provides planning and preparedness resources for disasters, outbreaks, and other large-scale public health emergencies as well as volunteer opportunities.
Stay Aware. Be Prepared.
You and your family can be ready for emergencies. We can help you stay aware, plan ahead, and be prepared.
Who we serve
We collaborate with public health and healthcare partners to ensure that they have the knowledge, plans, and tools to prepare for, respond to, and recover from threats to public health. We also provide information and resources to help the people of Massachusetts feel safe and prepared for all types of emergencies or disasters.
Our preparedness program is funded largely by a Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) grant from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Funds from these 2 grants are applied to a wide variety of essential functions, including but not limited to:
- Local health departments and hospitals disaster planning efforts
- A 24/7 duty officer program for responding to public health emergencies
- A 24/7 Health and Homeland Alert Network
- The Strategic National Stockpile program
- Public health laboratory testing
- Surveillance and epidemiological investigation
- Building and supporting a cadre of public health emergency volunteers
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Individual & family preparedness information
Emergencies can happen at any time. Find out what you can do to prepare yourself and your family for an emergency using these resources.
- Department of Public Health
- Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences
- Bureau of Environmental Health
- Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality
- Office of Emergency Medical Services
- Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
- Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
- Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
- Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency