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 Health Department’s emergency operations plan, as well as a Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) comprised of volunteers who are willing to assist the department with medical, public health, and administrative needs in the event of an emergency. MRC volunteers also assist throughout the year at health fairs, during flu clinics, and at other health department events.

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

Medical Reserve Corps

Medical Reserve Corps are community based 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 Brookline 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 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, email Sophie Gordon or call 617-730-2304.