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Emergency Management

We coordinate emergency management, emergency preparedness, and homeland security planning for the City of Boston.

Our mission is to enhance the City's capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from major emergencies.

Emergency Management
1 City Hall Square
Room 204
Boston, MA 02201
United States
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sign up for Emergency Alerts

Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime

Our AlertBoston system is for residents, businesses, and visitors to the City of Boston. We'll notify you by phone, text, or email in the event of an emergency. By enrolling in AlertBoston, you're taking an important step to keep you and your family safe.

You can select different languages for alerts in our form. If you would like alerts through TDD/TTY devices, please contact us at 617-635-1400 or

Message & data rates may apply

Upcoming events

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Ready Boston

ReadyBoston is a City-wide community emergency preparedness initiative.

About our department

Working in close partnership with Boston's public safety and public health agencies, our department:

  • plans and prepares for emergencies
  • educates the public about emergency preparedness
  • conducts training exercises and drills, and
  • performs other services to support the City’s preparedness.

We follow an all-hazards approach, preparing for various types of emergencies – whether they are natural or man-made.

We also manage the Boston Emergency Operations Center, which facilitates planning and aid in the aftermath of a disaster. The center is made up of a staff of professionals and liaisons from City public safety agencies. Learn more about our work.