Emergency Preparedness


MA Responds is a Massachusetts initiative to pre-register, manage, and mobilize existing clinical and non-clinical volunteers to help in responding to all types of disasters. Through the website, individuals wishing to volunteer during emergency situations can sign up to join local medical reserve corps (MRC) units.

Harvard School of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response (H-PERLC)
H-PERLC offers competency-based preparedness and emergency response educational and training services in all six states of New England, which comprise Health and Human Services Region 1. To serve a wide range of learning styles, the Center’s Continuous Professional Development (CPD) approach expands on traditional on-campus meetings by using a variety of instructional formats and media. These range from conventional face-to-face workshops and peer study groups to virtual learning environments and interactive media.

The training curriculum is based on preparedness and emergency response competencies developed by CDC and ASPH. The competencies are related to a specific role or responsibility that can be measured against established standards.
elearning link to the following topics:

Emergency Planning for Local Public Health, by Dottie Bernard, MPH
Using Exercises to Enhance and Measure Preparedness, by Dr. Paul Biddinger
Review of Current Doctrine Regarding After Action Reporting, by Dr. Paul Biddinger
Case Study: The Great Springfield Tornado, by Robert Hassett, MPH


Bristol and Plymouth Emergency Preparedness Coalitions

MAHB is host agent for two coalitions representing 48 boards of health and health departments in SE Massachusetts

Plymouth County Emergency Preparedness Meeting Schedules, Agendas, Minutes and Documents

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Abington Hanson Plymouth
Avon Holbrook Plympton
Bridgewater Kingston Randolph
Brockton Marion Rochester
Carver Marshfield Rockland
Duxbury Mattapoisett Wareham
East Bridgewater Middleboro West Bridgewater
Halifax Pembroke Whitman


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Acushnet Foxborough Raynham
Attleboro Freetown Rehoboth
Berkley Lakeville Seekonk
Dartmouth Mansfield Somerset
Dighton North Attleboro Stoughton
Easton New Bedford Swansea
Fairhaven Norton Taunton
Fall River Plainville Westport