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BOSTON – September 1, 2016 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh today alerted residents that September is recognized as National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security, National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools and communities.
“National Preparedness Month provides the ideal opportunity for residents to evaluate individual and family plans in the event of an emergency,” said Mayor Walsh. “Resident safety in the City of Boston is non-negotiable and the City encourages all residents to take simple, preventative steps to ensure their safety and preparedness.”
The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) recommends the following measures for National Preparedness Month:
Make a Plan: Your family might not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to coordinate ahead of time and plan for the following:

Create and practice a family communications plan in case you are separated during an emergency.

Select a family meeting spot where everyone can go in case you are separated.

Learn where the closest emergency shelter is located in your neighborhood. Visit: to access a map of City of Boston Emergency Shelters.

Make a Kit: An emergency supply kit should provide a collection of basic items that household members would need in the event of a disaster. This kit can be used if residents have to leave their homes during an emergency, or in case of an extended power outage.


Below is a list of recommended items for an emergency supply kit:

Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days;

Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food;

Can opener for food;

First aid kit;

Battery-powered or hand crank radio;

Flashlight with extra batteries;

Moist towelettes and garbage bags for personal sanitation;

Dust mask to help filter contaminated air;

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities;

Supplies for your pets – water, food, leash and collar.

Stay Informed: Reliable and accurate information is essential before, during and after an emergency. Residents are encouraged to connect to the following resources:

Visit and enroll in AlertBoston to receive emergency notifications via phone, text or e-mail. Notifications are now available in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese (Hong Kong dialect).

Follow OEM on Facebook: and Twitter: @ReadyBoston for emergency updates.

OEM is the agency responsible for ensuring the City of Boston has plans to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters. During emergencies, OEM operates the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) where City agencies gather to share critical information, respond to resource requests and coordinate response for managing an incident.

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