Our mission is to enhance the City's capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from major emergencies.
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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.
The City of Boston is an EMAP ( Emergency Management Accredited Program) accredited program. We achieved our most recent consecutive accreditation in 2023, with previous accreditations in 2017 and 2012.
EMAP is a voluntary national accreditation process for state, territorial, and local government programs. It includes a peer-review on-site assessment by a team of EMAP trained assessors. The accreditation process evaluates emergency management programs on compliance with requirements in sixteen areas, including:
- administration and finance
- laws and authorities
- hazard identification
- risk assessment and consequence analysis
- hazard mitigation
- operational planning and procedures
- incident management
- resource management
- mutual aid and logistics
- communications and warning
- training and exercises
- evaluations and corrective actions, and
- emergency public information and education.