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Who declares a State of Emergency

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.


Emergency Information

Prepare your Home for Emergencies


During a state of emergency, citizens should be well-prepared to ensure their safety and well-being. Here are some essential steps and items to have in place:

  1. Emergency Kit:

    • Assemble an emergency supply kit containing essential items. This kit should include:
      • Water: Ensure you have enough water for each person (about one gallon per day) for at least 72 hours.
      • Non-perishable Food: Stock up on non-perishable food items like canned goods, granola bars, and dried fruits.
      • Blankets: Keep warm blankets or sleeping bags handy.
      • Communication Equipment: Have a battery-powered radio to stay informed about updates and instructions.
      • Alternate Power Sources: If possible, include fuel for generators or portable chargers.
      • First Aid Supplies: Basic first aid items such as bandages, antiseptics, and pain relievers.
      • Necessary Medications: Ensure you have an adequate supply of any prescription medications.
      • Durable Medical Equipment: If you use items like wheelchairs, canes, or hearing aids, have them readily available.
      • Consumable Medical Equipment: Include extra batteries for medical devices, catheters, and wound dressings.
  2. Stay Informed:

    • Listen to official announcements and follow local evacuation instructions.
    • Download the FEMA app to access a list of open shelters during an active disaster in your area.
  3. Local Response and Recovery:

    • Local governments play a crucial role in managing emergencies and disasters.
    • When an emergency occurs, local officials alert and warn citizens, provide aid, and maintain public order.
    • Vital services like water, power, communications, transportation, and medical care must be ensured.
    • Voluntary agencies also assist individuals and families in need.


Citizens Plan for an Emergency