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Currently, there is no active State of Emergency.
If a State of Emergency is declared, an alert banner will be posted on the top of all Mass.gov websites and details will be posted here.
For information on previous States of Emergency, see section below
A state of emergency can be declared by the Governor of Massachusetts in the event or imminent threat of a natural or man-made disaster. Under a state of emergency, Chapter 639 of the Acts of 1950, as amended, grants the Governor and other state officials the power to protect the Commonwealth. A state of emergency may cover a specific municipality, multiple communities, or the entire Commonwealth.
Declaring a state of emergency helps state agencies protect you from the immediate dangers of a disaster, in part by providing resources for rescue, shelter, or evacuation. The instructions you receive during a state of emergency will depend on the emergency itself — every situation is different, and different factors will impact the decisions made by state officials. Pay close attention to news media and stay informed.
Travel Ban — A state of emergency does not automatically mean that a travel ban is in place. Officials may implement travel restrictions if necessary.
Closures — A state of emergency does not automatically mean that schools, businesses, and government offices are closed,
Executive Orders — Under a state of Emergency, the Governor is authorized to issue executive orders to meet the needs of a threat, emergency, or disaster. These Orders are to be treated as law and may override existing law for the course of the disaster.
The Governor is authorized to exercise any and all authority over persons and property necessary to protect the public. Depending on the disaster, this may include taking and using property for the protection of the Commonwealth. Ordering evacuations, implementing curfews, or enacting other restrictions can be used to protect public health and welfare if warranted.
The Governor will end the state of emergency when it is no longer needed to keep residents safe or conduct emergency business. Travel bans, curfews, or other actions implemented during a state of emergency may end at different times after the declaration is over.
The Commonwealth will not necessarily offer financial assistance to individuals or communities affected by a disaster in a state of emergency. While there is no state disaster relief fund, the Massachusetts legislature may choose to vote on separate disaster assistance funding. Depending on the impact of the disaster, there may also be financial assistance available through other sources: