Here in Massachusetts we’re no strangers to emergencies – just in the past few years we’ve experienced everything from flooding and blizzards to hazardous materials incidents and water supply disruptions. Through it all, one thing we know for certain is that individuals, families and communities that come together to prepare and plan for the unexpected are more resilient and better able to recover from these events, no matter what they are.
That’s why it’s so important for each of us to be ready for emergencies of all types, and why this month we’re launching a major public awareness campaign called “Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared.” This effort coincides with the annual observation of National Preparedness Month in September, and encourages Massachusetts residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for public health emergencies of all types.
Over the course of the four weeks of the month, Together We’re Ready will highlight four different aspects of preparedness at the personal, family and community level:
• Week 1: Get Ready – Individual and Family Preparedness
This week’s message underscores the importance of not only preparing an emergency kit for home or evacuating but also staying informed throughout an emergency and creating a family communications plan to help ensure that everyone in a family is okay.
• Week 2: Get Involved – Join the Response
This week’s message highlights various volunteer organizations and opportunities in Massachusetts, including how you can sign up and pre-register with the state to respond as a volunteer during a public health emergency.
• Week 3: We’re All in this Together – Considerations for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs
Everybody’s unique, and this week’s message focuses on how essential it is to plan for any special medical, communication, or daily living needs which would require special attention during an emergency.
• Week 4: Get Vaccinated – Fight the Flu
This final week’s message is centered on the importance of getting a flu shot every year. We may not think of seasonal flu as an emergency, but the fact is that the flu can cause widespread illness and even death. When we get our annual flu vaccine, we’re protecting ourselves, our families and our communities from getting or spreading the flu
Throughout the campaign we’ll be working with our partners in local public health, public safety, healthcare, and other community organizations to provide information, materials and resources to improve emergency preparedness and resiliency.
Campaign messages will appear in a variety of media, including online and print newspapers, local public transit, and electronic billboards on highways. The campaign also features a 30-minute video panel discussion about emergency preparedness as well as a series of four online videos that will highlight a different theme from each week of the campaign, all of which can be viewed on the campaign web page.
For more information and to view the campaign materials and videos please visit: www.mass.gov/dph/ready.
Grilling Goodness posted on Jul 2
By Kirsten Archer Fourth of July is here! And so is the season of outdoor eating — barbecues, grilling and picnics. Make the most of your summer celebrations with friends and family by having a safe meal wherever you are, whether in the backyard or …Continue Reading Grilling Goodness
Tips for Handling Transitions posted on Jul 1
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” ~ Jimmy Dean Summer is a time of transitions. The weather warms and the earth turns lush and in full bloom. Summer also brings life transitions …Continue Reading Tips for Handling Transitions
Summer Jobs for Teens: Can I Drive That? posted on Jun 23
Summer is finally here – which means teens are out of school and looking for summer jobs. In the spirit of promoting healthy, safe jobs for our future workforce, here’s the question of the season: Can teens drive for work? Many employers, educators, parents, and …Continue Reading Summer Jobs for Teens: Can I Drive That?