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