Emergency Preparedness and Response: News & Resources

  • Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (PERLC) Training Catalog August 17, 2017

    This online catalog allows learners to search through hundreds of tested and validated resources in one convenient location. Users can find trainings by keyword searches or filtering. Materials include online courses, exercises and drills, and toolkits. All are available at no cost.

  • Pediatric Disaster Life Support June 23, 2017

    The MMS Committee on Preparedness has created a directory of Pediatric Disaster Life Support resources that physicians, nurses and other health care professionals can readily access in preparation for, or during, an emergency.

  • Health and Medical Response to Active Shooter and Bombing Events June 22, 2016

    This 19-page document examines some of the issues and potential best practices during responses to terrorist incidents, including mass shootings and bombings, and serves as a prompt for responders and planners to consider areas where their community could address potential gaps. Preventing these...

  • If You See Something, Say Something November 20, 2015

    If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.

  • Stop the Bleed November 20, 2015

    Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore...

  • Volunteering or Donating During an Emergency August 15, 2014

    Links to resources from the USAID and United Nations.

  • A Year Later: Coping with the Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings April 4, 2014

    The first anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy may bring up many different emotions for survivors, loved ones of victims, and those who witnessed the event. Here are some tips for coping, how to recognize when you need help, and where to get help.

  • A Year Later: Dealing with the Fears of Your Children After a Disaster April 4, 2014

    As the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy approaches, the heightened public focus and media attention on the event may cause  distress in children and result in stressful reactions. Knowing the signs of stress, how to ease stress, and when to ask for help is important.

  • Preparedness Key to Response March 31, 2014

    Vital Signs April 2014 - Boston was praised for its medical response to the April 2013 marathon bombings, which resulted in three fatalities at the scene and 264 injuries. That response was the result of years of training in preparedness for natural and man-made disasters.

  • A Special Report: It Takes a Team March 19, 2014

    The 2013 Boston Marathon: Preparing for and Recovering From a Mass-Casualty Event. From the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and  Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy.

  • Institute of Medicine Report: Preparedness, Response and Recovery Considerations for Children and Families March 19, 2014

    Current state and local disaster preparedness plans often do not include specific considerations for children and families. On June 11-12, 2013, the IOM held a workshop to discuss disaster preparedness, response, and recovery relative to the needs of children and families. This document summarizes...

  • 2014 National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Preparedness Summit Poster Submissions March 19, 2014

    The Massachusetts Medical Society working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management, submitted two abstracts that were accepted as posters for the 2014 NACCHO Preparedness Summit in Atlanta, GA.

  • Preparing Your Practice for Emergencies September 30, 2013

    Last in a series of articles in support of the month-long Mass. Dept. of Public Health project, "Together We're Ready-Massachusetts Prepared.

  • Ensuring That Patients are Prepared for Emergencies September 25, 2013

    Third in a series of articles in support of the month-long Mass. Dept. of Public Health project, “Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared.”

  • Physician Volunteering: Get Involved! September 16, 2013

    Second in a series of articles in support of  the month-long Mass. Dept. of Public Health project, “Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared.”

  • Emergency Preparedness: It’s Important for Physicians, Too September 8, 2013

    First in a series of articles in support of  the month-long Mass. Dept. of Public Health project, “Together We’re Ready – Massachusetts Prepared."

  • Physician Focus: Disaster Medicine and the Marathon Bombings June 10, 2013

    The bombings at the Boston Marathon in April were a stark reminder that disasters and emergencies can occur with little or no warning. And while the numbers of deaths and injuries and degrees of destruction are different, the 2013 Marathon now joins a growing list of natural and man-made...

  • Liability Protections for Massachusetts Employees and Volunteers October 16, 2012

    This educational PowerPoint presentation, prepared by the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Bureau, explores sources of liability protection for preparedness employees and volunteers.

  • Become a Member of a Medical Reserve Corps April 18, 2007

    MRC units need medical and non-medical volunteers prepared to respond and assist local health and safety officials during public health crises.

  • Health and Homeland Alert Network (HHAN) April 18, 2007

    The Health and Homeland Alert Network (HHAN) provides secure web-based communication and other information sharing capabilities to responders throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


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