Get involved during Emergency Prepardness Month

FRAMINGHAM, MA – Over the last month, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has encouraged individuals, families and communities to prepare for disasters by being informed, developing emergency plans, and assembling critical supplies in disaster kits.  As Massachusetts Emergency Preparedness Month comes to a close, MEMA is promoting the importance of “Getting Involved” in building community resilience.

“Finding ways to get involved in local disaster preparedness and relief operations will help your community build resilience and prepare for the next disaster,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “There are many ways you can make this important contribution including volunteering, donating and helping your neighbors.”

‘Get Involved’ before disaster strikes!

Volunteer

Donate

  • Donate cash to a recognized disaster relief organization.
  • After a disaster, donate goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized relief organizations.
  • Learn more about how to donate responsibly: Donations and Volunteers

Help your Neighbors

  • Be a good neighbor. On a regular basis, and particularly after a disaster, check on family, friends, and neighbors, especially the elderly, those who live alone, those with medical conditions and those who may need additional assistance.
  • Start a community preparedness project with the Corporation for National & Community Service toolkit.

These are only a few of the many ways that individuals and community organizations can “Get Involved” in helping communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. For additional opportunities in your community, contact your local emergency management or public safety officials or visit http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/be-prepared/get-involved/.

Media release furnished by Mass Emergency Management Agency

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