Emergency Preparedness

Welcome to the Emergency Preparedness Page!
The Division of Emergency Preparedness is concerned with protecting Brookline residents from potential public health threats, and contributes to Brookline's community resiliency.

In so doing, the division has established the department’s emergency operations plan, as well as a Medical Reserve Corps comprised volunteers who are willing to assist the department with medical, public health, and administrative needs in the event of an emergency and throughout the year at health fairs, during flu clinics, and other health department activities.

In addition, the division builds partnerships with residents and organizations throughout Brookline and its neighboring communities, to further enhance the safety of the town’s residents.

Medical Reserve Corps
The Brookline Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a community based group of volunteers who assist local public health departments to promote healthy living as well as to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergency events. The mission of the Brookline MRC is to improve the health and safety of its residents by building a strong, healthy and prepared community.

Visit the Brookline Medical Reserve Corps website, or the Massachusetts Region 4b Emergency Preparedness website for additional MRC information and application details.

Emergency Preparedness Buddies Program


Are you a Brookline elder or adult with functional and/or access needs? Do you have an emergency plan in place? The Emergency Preparedness (EP) Buddies Program can help!

The EP Buddies Program is free and designed to match volunteer coaches to elder buddies to help them determine their needs in order to improve their preparedness and resilience. All of our coaches are either Brookline Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) or Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers who will help their buddies design an emergency plan and prepare supplies for potential evacuations. The Health Department will provide some free emergency supplies to help start the process. 

If you are interested in participating or know someone who would benefit from the EP Buddies Program, contact Sophie Gordon at 617-730-2304 or sgordon@brooklinema.gov.