What We Are Doing
As a result of the events of September 11, 2001, subsequent terrorist events, and natural disasters, the Watertown Health Department has participated in federal, state, and local educational, planning, and needs-assessment sessions aimed at establishing an integrated national, state, and local emergency response network.
Recent Weather and Power Outages
According to MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz, in recent years Massachusetts has experienced a variety of storms accompanied with strong winds that have the ability to topple utility poles, snap tree branches, and cause a disruption in electrical service. In order to be prepared it is important to plan for such power outages
Our colleagues in the Fire
and Police Departments
are also positioned to receive appropriate training for emergency response. It has been established as a national goal to have the health and first responder community work seamlessly with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
(MEMA) and the medical community to provide a comprehensive emergency response and management system in order to successfully respond to natural and man-made disasters.
The Watertown Health Department is currently working with 26 other contiguous communities to implement the preparedness requirements enumerated in the grant from the Centers for Disease Control
What You Can Do
If you would like to learn about how you can help, please visit the Medical Reserve Corps
or download a Watertown MRC Application
. For more emergency preparedness information, view our listing of important links