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National Preparedness Month 2017

How Ready Are You?

September is National Preparedness Month, a time to prepare for natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and human-caused emergencies.

The city of Cambridge has taken many actions to prepare for a range of health emergencies, from hurricanes and chemical spills to a flu pandemic and other disease outbreaks.  Residents also have an important role to play in emergency preparedness.

How Cambridge Residents Can Prepare

  • Have your emergency supplies ready, including food, water, flashlights.
  • Review your family emergency plan with everyone in your household. If you don’t have one, create one here
  • Emergency officials encourage you to know your zone for hurricane evacuation.
  • Be prepared for power outages. See power outage safety tips from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA).
  • Make sure your cell phones are charged. In some emergency situations cell lines may be jammed, but you may be able to send and receive text messages.

Emergency Planning for People with Pets

Many Cambridge families have pets. Planning for emergencies when you have a pet may take some extra consideration.

Pet Supply Kits

Have a pet emergency supply kit ready. You should include food, water, and other comfort items for your pet. Learn more.

Evacuating Your Home

If you have to evacuate your home, take your pet with you. Have a plan ahead of time in case you need to evacuate. Do you have family or friends outside your immediate geographic area that you could stay with? If not, call local hotels to see if they allow pets or would allow pets in the event of an emergency evacuation.

More tips on preparing for emergencies when you have a furry family member:

Watch: Never Leave Your Pets Behind. A PSA produced by CCTV and the Cambridge Public Health Department. 

Watch: Pets and Evacuations. Produced by CCTV and the Cambridge Fire Department. 

Resources for People with Disabilities 

Here are some excellent online resources on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities or others who would require additional assistance in an emergency.


Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and Other Special Needs (PDF)

Preparing Makes Sense (PDF brochure)

Personal Preparedness for Individuals with Disabilities: Sheltering in Place and Evacuation (PDF)


Revised on September 1, 2017



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City Emergency Info

  • Call 911 for potentially life-threatening emergencies.
  • Police Non-Emergency (617-349-3300) for general questions and concerns.
  • Power Outage: Call Eversource at 1-800-592-2000 or report online.