BOSTON – Governor Maura Healey proclaimed September as Emergency Preparedness Month in Massachusetts, joining the federal campaign of National Preparedness Month.
The theme for National Preparedness Month in 2023 is “Take Control in 1, 2, 3.” The campaign will focus on preparing older adults for disasters, specifically older adults from communities that are disproportionally impacted by the all-hazard events, which continue to threaten the nation. Learn more about the federal campaign at Ready.gov.
In Massachusetts, the state Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and Department of Public Health (DPH) will promote public preparedness through various outreach initiatives throughout the month.
“The destructive floods and severe weather across Massachusetts this summer, as well as the recent natural disasters across the country, are reminders of the importance of emergency preparedness,” said Governor Healey. “As the threat landscape continues to evolve, it is more important than ever to be proactive in protecting our families, properties, and businesses. I encourage all Massachusetts residents to evaluate your emergency readiness and take proactive steps to stay informed, make an emergency kit, and develop a plan for your family.”
Several natural hazards could lead to threats in Massachusetts, including natural hazards, including floods, hurricanes and tropical storms, severe winter weather, tornadoes, coastal storms, thunderstorms, earthquakes, lightning, extreme temperatures, infectious diseases, and man-made disasters. The state provides preparedness tips through its own Ready initiative on its website.
“During Emergency Preparedness Month, we want to stress the importance of considering the unique preparedness needs of children, pets, seniors and people with disabilities,” said MEMA Director Dawn Brantley. “The best way to prepare is to develop an emergency plan that accounts for the needs of everyone in your family, build a kit of essential supplies, and connect with resources that can help you stay informed during an emergency.”