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Emergency management and preparedness for communities or municipalities

Learn about preparations to take as a municipality or community-based emergency management.

How emergencies are handled in the Commonwealth

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) coordinates federal, state, local, and private resources throughout the Commonwealth during times of disaster and other types of emergencies.

With headquarters in Framingham and four regional offices, MEMA helps develop response plans for all types of hazards, trains emergency personnel, and assists communities in responding to and recovering from emergencies.

MEMA maintains and operates the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) which monitors for emergencies statewide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Read more about Emergency Management and Public Health (DOC).

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Board of health manual of laws and regulations

Manual of Laws and Regulations Relating to Boards of Health (DOC)
This manual provides a broad overview of the various responsibilities of local boards of health in Massachusetts and serves as a tool for local officials to quickly reference state laws and regulations relevant to their work.