MEMA Encourages Residents to Receive Emergency Alerts

memaFRAMINGHAM – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is stressing the importance of emergency alerts during Emergency Preparedness Month.

The state is susceptible to many hazards both natural and man-made and emergency officials say the public should be prepared with multiple sources to receive emergency alerts and information from officials.

“It is critical for residents to be informed about the threats and hazards that may impact them, their families and their community, know how to receive emergency alerts and information during disasters, and be familiar with their community’s emergency plans,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.

MEMA offers an alert smartphone app for alerts in the state and posts messages to its Twitter and Facebook pages.

The agency also recommends signing up for local notification systems like Reverse 9-1-1 or Code Red. Residents should check with local public safety organizations about which systems are used in your community and whether registration is required.

Other sources for alert information include:

  • Commercial media (TV and radio).
  • MEMA’s website: and your local community government website.
  • The Emergency Alert System (EAS) which delivers emergency information via radio and television.
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Marine Broadcast.
  • Outdoor Electronic Billboards.
  • Teletypewriters (TTY) used by people with hearing impairments.
  • Massachusetts 2-1-1 (for non-emergency assistance).  2-1-1 is the Commonwealth’s primary call center during emergencies; the center provides information on emergency resources such as shelter locations.
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